Mak Don Acid Case Hits Snag


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click geneva;”>The last time the case was brought up for hearing, the session could not proceed after the state prosecution side failed to produce its witnesses in court.

It requested for an adjournment.

Prosecution alleges that Buyinza, on December 11, 2011 while at Mugenyi Flats Makerere University, Kampala, attempted to cause the death of his wife, Hanifa Nakiryowa.

Nakiryowa, during her testimony before the Chief Magistrate of Buganda Road Court, Olive Kazaarwe, said she had reported a case at Old Kampala Police Station, accusing her husband of threatening her life after a two-months separation.

At the time of the attack, Nakiryowa was the monitoring and evaluation officer at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council — UNICEF partnership programme.

She narrated how her husband (Buyinza) then lured her into his house by persistently demanding that she goes to pick her children.

On reaching the house, Nakiryowa knocked at his estranged husband’s door without any response.

“I continued knocking, until a person found me standing by the doorway and poured some liquids onto my face,” she narrated.

Buyinza, 40, is a lecturer of economics attached to the Department of Economic Theory and Analysis at Makerere.

He is facing charges of attempted murder.

Nakiryowa told Court that she had been forced to leave their marital home after the two had a misunderstanding and that she was at the time of the attack staying with a relative.

Nakiryowa, together with her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter – Zurahiya Buyinza – were admitted at Mulago Referral Hospital after sustaining several burns.

Buyinza, however, denied the accusations.

He explained that although they had a misunderstanding, he wanted his wife (Nakiryowa) to return home and had no knowledge of the possible acid attack.

Nakiryowa, who had been in the marriage for seven years, has lost her eyes and nose due to the acid attack on her.

The case was adjourned to January 4, 2014.


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