Four suspects have been pinned by Detective Assistant Inspector of Police(AIP) Leonard Mukwaya from Luweero Police Station before the UPDF General Court-martial for their involvement in the murder of Major Noel Mwesigye.
The suspects are Manisur Olenga, Rashid Yiga alias Mucholi, Steven Kisuule, and Rogers Mwanje.
The prosecution argues that on January 17th, 2021, the accused persons and others still at large while at Masiga village, Kikyusa Sub-county in Luwero district with malice aforethought caused the unlawful death of Major Mwesigye by shooting.
It also says that the group robbed Mwesigye of his pistol before running away with Shillings 490,000 belonging to Barbara Katiti.
Detective Mukwaya took to the stand on Monday, to testify against the accused persons. He told the UPDF General Court Martial chaired by Brigadier General Robert Freeman Mugabe that on January 18th, 2021 he and fellow other detectives visited the scene of the crime at Masiga Village in Kikyusa and found Major Noel Mwesigye’s wounded body at Holy Cross health center.
He explained that at the crime scene, he saw a Nissan Patrol registration number UAA 171V belonging to Major Noel whose doors were open and were stained with blood.
Mukwaya told court that when he turned behind the vehicle, he saw a bullet cartridge and two others inside the vehicle. He added that the suspects were arrested by the Flying squad from Kampala.
He explains that on March 2021, the Flying Squad Unit returned the suspects to the scene of the crime and they demonstrated how they killed Major Mwesigye. Mukwaya told the court that Olega Mansoor and Rashid Yiga confessed to him that they killed Major Mwesigye.
However, upon cross-examination by captain Nsubuga Busagwa, the accused’s lawyer, detective Mukwaya who was on oath failed to convince the court whether the four accused persons are directly responsible for killing Major Mwesigye.
He also failed to tell the court why it’s only Rashid Yiga and Mansoor Olega who were taken to the crime scene to demonstrate the killing while two other suspects remained in a vehicle that was parked 30 meters away.
Mukwaya told the court that he partly investigated the matter. Brigadier General Robert Freeman Mugabe adjourned the case to January 31, 2022, for further hearing.
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