Crime & Investigation

Mamerito Forgives Kasokoso Tormentors

Former Kiira Municipality Mayor Mamerito Mugerwa has Wednesday informed Nakawa Court of his decision to forgive all the five people accused of attempting to kill him.

Prosecution alleges that David Mugalya, information pills David Sekiziyivu, try Hajji Musa Sewagudde, healing Umar Mayanja, Jude Kabogoza and others still at large on November 5, 2013 at Kasokoso village Kira Town council, Wakiso district, unlawfully attempted to cause the death of Mamerito Mugerwa after setting ablaze his double cabin pickup truck registration number UAN 440N.

Mamerito was meeting with locals over a land dispute when locals attacked him.

The suspects were arrested and charged with attempted murder before Nakawa Court.

However, Mamerito has decided to quit the case which has been at the hearing stage.

“I have forgiven the accused persons unconditionally because whenever footage of this incident is played in various news casts over the television, it tortures me emotionally,” said Mamerito.

The State Prosecutor Doreen Elima asked court to grant her a short adjournment to enable them record additional statements from the complainant and consult the DPP who is in charge of the prosecution.

“We need time to receive a formal withdrawal from the DPP since this is a capital offence,” advised Elima.

Defense counsel Mr Fredrick Mpanga did not object to Mamerito’s request but informed court that two of the accused persons, Mayanja and Sekiziyivu, agree with the withdrawal of the matter but not forgiveness.

Mamerito discussing with the four of the acusssed persons at Nakawa court today

Mamerito discussing with the four of the acusssed persons at Nakawa court today

“Forgiveness is good but this will indicate that the accused committed this offence which is not the case. The rest who remained silent did not accept the offence but opted for it as their choice,” said Mpanga.

The State Prosecutor said she would consult with DPP on the withdrawal of the matter not closure of the file.

Kiira Municipality MP Hon Ssemujju Nganda who was at court asked Mamerito to stop playing tricks but apologise to the people of Kasokoso for engaging in deals aimed at grabbing their land.

“Mamerito should stop expressing himself as a winner in all situations through forgiving these people but he should return back to Kasokoso and be cleansed,” Ssemujju added.

Trial Magistrate James Eremye will give a ruling on September 26.


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