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Why Court Upheld Kato Kajubi's Life Sentence


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The businessman further faulted the trial judge for accepting and relying on uncorroborated evidence of the accomplices Umaru Kateregga and his wife Mariam Nabukeera who testified for having helped Kajubi carry out his mission.

In their judgement, the 3 judges led by Faith Mwondha, Remmy Kasule and Eldad Mwangusya, agreed with Kajubi that there were various inconsistencies in versions by both Kateregga and Nabukeera while in court and through their statements while at police on who had killed the boy.

The judges, however, noted that much as there were discrepancies in the couple’s testimony, it was evident that they knew something about death of the child “because according to their evidence , they killed the minor before Kajubi came to pick the head and private parts of the deceased having lured him(Kasirye) with the promise of a job at his chicken farm.”

The Court of Appeal further agreed with the trial judge when he relied on the print outs from MTN to convict Kajubi of the murder.

According to the 3 judges, calls made after the death of the minor were all from sites in Masaka, disregarding claims by the accused that he was by the time of the murder in Jinja.

The judges further disputed claims by the accused that the calls made to Kateregga where not by himself but rather by an unknown person who had stolen his phone.

They ruled that there was no way someone could use the stolen phone frequently to call someone known to the accused.

Kajubi was also blamed for disappearing from his home after news of the murder of 12 year old Kasirye had spread and his phones were off only to hand himself to police weeks later which conduct the judges said was not of an innocent person.

On the life imprisonment sentence, the Court of Appeal didn’t accept claims that it was harsh and excessive; stressing that it was fair considering the gruesome way the 12 year old minor was murdered by Kajubi and his accomplices.

Kasirye’s body was in October 2008 found in a swamp near Kajubi’s home, touching off public fury – with Ugandans demanding a heavy action against the tycoon.


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