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Major Kiggundu Murder Suspects Committed to High Court; Apply for Bail

Sheikh Mwanje and other suspects arriving at court today

Four people accused of murdering Major Muhammad Kiggundu and his bodyguard Sgt. Steven Mukasa, web have been committed to High court for trial, story while at the same time they applied to be released on bail before High Court’s Justice Wilson Kwesiga.

The committal papers from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) signed by State Attorney John Baptist Asiimwe contain evidence, including phone printouts which allegedly place all four suspects at the murder scene at Masanafu.

The suspects Sheikh Yahaya Mwanjje, Muhammad Buyondo, Ssekandi Musa and Ssendegeya Abdul Wahab today appeared before Buganda Road Court chief magistrate Jamson Karemani who committed them for trial.

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The DPP states that prior to Major Kiggundu’s murder the Tabliq Muslims Group had wrangles which created two factions that mistrusted each other; and that one group formed a kill list of sheikhs from the other.

Evidence further shows that on the fateful morning of 26th/November/2016, the deceased Maj.  Kiggundu and Sgt. Mukasa left home driving in a UPDF official vehicle heading to Pearl FM radio station, only to be shot dead by the accused at Masanafu; who also took off with Maj. Kiggundu’s bag.

After the murder, police thorough investigations recovered recorded audio messages   containing threats that one of the accused Sheikh Yahaya  Mwanjje allegedly  passed on to Maj. Kiggundu while threatening to take his life since he was from  an opposing Tabliq faction.

That Sheikh Mwanjje was also seen along the Northern by-pass allegedly fleeing the scene of crime on the morning of the gruesome murder.

The state also intends to adduce in evidence of phone print-outs that show constant communication and text messages of all the 4 accused before and immediately after the murder of Maj. Kiggundu.

Meanwhile, the four suspects today appeared before High court judge Wilson Kwesiga seeking to be released on bail on grounds that it’s their constitutional right, they have substantial sureties, they have fixed places of abode in the jurisdiction the High court, the offence is bail able and that investigations in the matter are complete.

These through their lawyers Kagoro Friday Roberts and Twaha Mayanja presented three sureties.

However, State Attorney Babrah Masinde objected to this application saying that some of the sureties lacked proper identification documents. She also claimed that some of the suspects had threatened some witnesses.

Court is expected soon  to set the ruling date on the bail application.

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