Hearing of Acid Attack Case Against Mbarara Speaker Starts

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Tashobya is accused alongside Emanuel Mbine 22, a crime preventer in Katojo cell, Nyakayojo, Mbarara district, Don Kizito Baryayesima of Ishongoro town council and Sergeant Denis Bataringaya of the Chieftaincy of Military intelligence-CMI.

The Magistrate's court in Mbarara has started hearing a case in which the Mbarara Municipality speaker Bonny Tashobya and 3 others are accused of plotting an acid attack on Mbarara Municipality Councillor.

Tashobya is accused alongside Emanuel Mbine 22, a crime preventer in Katojo cell, Nyakayojo, Mbarara district, Don Kizito Baryayesima of Ishongoro town council and Sergeant Denis Bataringaya of the Chieftaincy of Military intelligence-CMI.

The four are said to have connived to attack Nyamityobora B ward Councillor Amos Katureebe who was helping the commission of land inquiry on land matters to investigate land disputes in Ankole region.

The Councillor was attacked by people who poured acid on the upper part of his body mainly targeting the head on November 8, 2017. The attack which took place in Kilembe village in Mbarara Municipality left Katureebe severely burnt.

Katureebe was rushed to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and has since been referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital for further management.

Today, the state presented Ssali Godfrey a key witness and suspect in this case who is already serving a 20-year jail term after he was convicted on his guilty plea. Ssali narrated to the court presided over by Chief Magistrate Samuel Twakire, how Sergeant Bataringaya and Don Kizito used him to commit the offence.

He says that he was contacted and hired by Sgt.  Bataringaya, a brother to Bonny Tashobya who is the Mbarara Municipality Speaker at a fee of 10 million Shillings to kill Councillor Katureebe using knives and spears but plans later changed to acid.

Ssali, however, says that the group failed to clear his payment, which forced him to report himself to police where he was arrested and later convicted after pleading guilty. Court adjourned the case to May 8 for further hearing.

 

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