No Bail for Key Rakai Cannibalism Suspects

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Justice Oguli further argued that releasing the suspects would cause panic in the community where they allegedly committed the gruesome offenses. She also argued that the couple had failed to present medical reports detailing how grave their condition is.

JusticeMargret Oguli Oumo has dismissed a bail application of two suspected cannibalsin Rakai district. Last week, Asapha Tumuhimbise and his wife Jovulet Nagabafiled a bail application before Masaka high court on grounds of ill health. Thecouple and ten others are accused of murdering and eating  PeaceArinaitwe and her nine- months- old- baby on March this year at Kyakirungivillage in Kyarulangira Sub County, Rakai district. 


It is alleged on the fateful day Peace Arinaitwe, her baby and husband DeusBandihihi sought refugee at the home of John Ssegirinya, the LC I chairperson when it got dark while returning from a burial. However, in the night Ssegirinya together with ten others turned against the visitors and reportedly hacked Arinaitwe and her  baby to death. Bandihihi managed to flee from the attacked with injuries.  The suspect later feasted on the remains of Arinaitwe and her baby. Bandihihi reported the matter to police leading to the arrest of the suspects. They arraigned in Masaka high court, which remanded them for murder and cannibalism. However, recently Asapha Tumuhimbise and his wife Jovulet Nagaba filed a bail application through their lawyer Mariam Namubiru citing ailing health condition.
Nagaba says that she has been bleeding from her private part since she was remanded to Masaka Central Prison five month ago adding that, the Prison Health authoritieshave failed to manage her condition. Nagaba also claimed that she suffers fromabdominal and back ache because of the poor accommodation in Masaka centralprison.

Onthe other hand, her 52- year- old husband Tumuhimbise wants bail on grounds of advanced age and poor accommodation. Tumuhimbise also claims that he developed deadly cough, which the prison authorities have failed to treat. The couple therefore asked court to release them on bail to allow them access treatment and attend their trial from home.  However,  Anne Kiiza, the Masaka Resident state attorney objected to the bail application saying that they have evidence that the couple's home was demolished by residents after the gruesome  incident and therefore they had no place of aboard.

Kiiza also said that  since the couple's plantations was destroyed, it means they have no source of income.  She also said that since the community had expelled the couple for alleged murder and cannibalism, chances were high that they would disappear and go to some other  places to look for survival and hence jump bail.

Prosecution also rejected all the six sureties presented on grounds that they had forged local council letters. In her ruling, Justice Margret Oguli dismissed the bail  application saying she concurred with the objections raised by the prosecution. She said that it was evident that the couple was expelled from the community, the suspects would jump bail.

Justice Oguli further argued that releasing the suspects would cause panic in the community where they allegedly committed the gruesome offenses. She also argued that the couple had failed to present medical reports detailing how grave their condition is. She also rejected all the sureties presented before court saying they had forged local council letters, which were not stamped. 
Justice Oguli therefore remanded the couple further to Masaka central prison but asked the prosecution to expedite the investigations to ensure that t heir trial starts in the next high court session.  Kiiza also said that  since their plantations had been destroyed, it means they had no source of income.  She also said that since the community had expelled them for alleged murder and eventual cannibalism, chances were high that they would disappear away from the area and go to some other  places to look for survival and hence jump bail.


Prosecution also rejected all the six sureties presented on grounds that they had forged local council letters. In response, Justice Margret Oguli dismissed the bail  application saying she was convinced with the state prosecution grounds. She ruled  that it was evident that with their homes destroyed and expelled from their community Asapha Tumuhimbise and Jovulet Nagaba would jump bail.


Justice Oguli further said releasing them on bail would send the communities where they allegedly committed the crimes into panic. Justice Oguli also said that since the couple had failed to present medical reports detailing how grave their purported worrying health  conditions are, she would not grant them bail.

Justice Oguli also ruled that the six sureties they presented forged letters from local councils in Rakai. She explains that  some of the letters submitted did not have stands. She therefore remanded them further to Masaka central prison but asked the prosecution to expedite the investigations to ensure that their trial starts in the next high court session.  

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.