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UWA Boss Cleared of Murdering Apaa Truck Driver

Lt. Col. George Nambafu, the Chairman Fourth Division Court Martial told URN that the UPDF Director of Prosecution who first sanctioned the file against Malinga wrote that they should drop the case against him due to lack of evidence to pin him and that they were left with no other option but to comply.

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The UPDF Fourth Division Court Martial has dropped the charges against Tony Malinga, the Manager of East Madi Wildlife Reserve, who was facing prosecution over the murder of a truck driver in Apaa Trading Center.

Vincent Opiyo, was shot dead from Layima Junction, Apaa Trading Center in Adjumani District on November 13th 2020 during a scuffle between him and a joint team of UPDF and Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers.

Malinga was charged with conspiracy to commit murder before the fourth Division Court Martial on December 17th. Other co –accused were Private Morris Opiyo Taban and Lance Corporal Lovis Okello who were accused of murder and malicious damage respectively.

Lt. Col. George Nambafu, the Chairman Fourth Division Court Martial told URN in an interview that the UPDF Director of Prosecution who first sanctioned the filed against Malinga wrote that they should drop the case against him due to lack of evidence to pin him and that they were left with no other option but to comply.

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Nambafu who made the revelation on Friday evening after the court session says they are now left with two accused persons who are Morris Opiyo and Lovis Okello whose trial according to him nears completion.

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During the court session on Friday at the UPDF Fourth Division Barrack, Morris Opiyo Taban who stands accused of murdering Vincent Opiyo disowned his earlier statement recorded by police in Adjumani district saying the statement was written by someone else and later he was asked to sign it without reading through.

Brain Ronald Watmon, the lawyer representing the accused persons says he expects his clients to be acquitted since the charges levied on them are false and that they are being tried in a wrong court.

Nambafu adjourned the court to Monday 26th where the prosecution and the defense will make their final submissions before the final judgment on Tuesday 27th.