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Minister Muruli, Butera On The Spot Over Murder Trial Scandal

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IGP Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura on Thursday rushed to Nakaseta zone in Kyehindura Sub County, http://dailyampersand.com/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/template/month.php Nakasongola district to avert a possible blood bath after residents threatened to hunt down and lynch Muruli’s cousins who are believed to have killed a herdsman and student in the area.

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Drama started unfolding on February 14 when a one Fred Kyeyene was found slaughtered in a cattle farm where he was the manager.

Kyeyune had earlier frustrated attempts by a businessman identified as Richard Semanda to grab some piece of land from Arthur Lukwago located in the deceased’s neighbourhood.

A concerned Kyeyune had even telephoned Lukwago, who is based in London, that Richard Semanda was trying to steal over 7 acres of his land for commercial farming.

Lukwago then sent some money to Kyeyune to ensure security is provided to protect his land from encroachers.

Detectives discovered that Burukari Juuko, David Ssenyonyi and John Bosco Kyebadura; all relatives of Muruli had been paid Shs1m each by Semanda and would later receive Shs2m as balance for the “job well done.”

After reportedly slaying Kyeyune, the murderers later pursued Steven Kato, a student who had been sent to buy a matchbox from the trading centre, and hacked to him to death.

Kato reportedly saw the henchmen taking Kyeyune’s life.

A few days after the shocking incidents, detectives, operating on actionable intelligence from local authorities, swung into action thus arresting the four suspects over murder.

They had tried to evade the long arm of the law by hiding at former Nakasongola Women MP Grace Bagaya Bukenya’s residence.

However, the suspects were subsequently arrested and detained at Nakasongola Police Station.

The case was handled by the District Police Commander Patrick Ebong.

Now armed with concrete evidence that pinned the suspects in a case of murder, Ebong sent the file to the Director of Public Prosecution Richard Butera for sanctioning.

The DPP then forwarded the matter to Kampala High Court.

Interestingly, the suspects were set free due to lack of “sufficient evidence,” sparking concerns among Nakaseta residents that Muruli connived with Butera to frustrate the trial.

Detectives are now investigating the possibility that DPP could have fallen short of tendering crucial evidence compiled by police thus letting the suspects of the hook.

Muruli and Butera were not readily available for comment.

However, concerned local authorities contacted Police headquarters in Kampala over the manner in which the murder case was handled.

A top police officer then directed the suspects’ re-arrest. But a powerful force later intervened in the process thus causing the murder suspects’ release from police cells for the second time.

Sadly, as Kayihura was travelling to Nakasongola, he received a telephone call from Masaka that suspected rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) had torched St. Leos Junior Primary School’s dormitories, killing five pupils.

Kayihura then drove to Masaka, leaving his deputy in charge of operations, Andrew Sorowen, to handle the explosive Nakasongola situation.

Meanwhile, residents have vowed to pick up machetes to avenge the death of Kyeyene and Kato if police and the courts of law do not bring the murder suspects to book.

And in a desperate bid to avoid carnage in Nakasongola, Kayihura has launched an independent investigation to establish whether Muruli and Butera are frustrating the delivery of justice in this particular case.

The suspects are on the run.

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