Crime & Investigation

Date Set for Makerere Students Murder Trial

The late David Ojok Otim

At least three Makerere University students accused of murdering their colleague, salve David Ojok, sale have been returned to Luzira till Sept. 22 when their case will be heard.

Ivan Mutungi, page Marvin Atukwase and Derrick Wagooli, all residents of Nkurumah Hall, deny the charges.

Appearing before Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Esther Nahirya on Monday afternoon, State Prosecutor Esther Nalungi sought a short adjournment to enable authorities conclude their investigations.

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Prosecution alleges that on April 12 while at Nkrumah Hall in Makerere University through mob justice, the accused killed David Ojok, a student of Engineering after mistaking him for a thief.

Ojok had visited Nkrumah Hall to collect money from a student before his being mistaken for a thief and killed in an act of mob justice.

The blood-spattered incident drew worldwide condemnation.

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Sentamu later announced that the institution would “install more CCTV cameras, deploy more security personnel, involve students in community policing as well as put in place adequate street lighting to improve the security situation” at the campus.

The University’s Vice Guild President Phiona Nyamutoro condemned the mob justice, saying the Guild advocates for behavioural change.

“Makerere is not a training ground for hooligans and murderers. No individual should take another’s life. We ask government to help with the security at campus. Halls of residence should be given guards,” she observed.



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