Slain Rakai Pastor's Family Protest Murder Case Mismanagement Top story

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Pastor Steven Mugambe's family has petitioned the Chief Registrar of Courts of Judicature over the mismanagement of his murder case. The Kyebe Pentecostal Church pastor was murdered along with 8 family members in Rakai district January 13, 2013.

Pastor Steven Mugambe's family has petitioned the Chief Registrar of Courts of Judicature over the mismanagement of his murder case.
 
The Kyebe Pentecostal Church pastor was murdered along with 8 family members in Rakai district January 13, 2013.
 
Through their lawyers Musika, Mugisha & Co. Advocates, the family is demanding that Mugambe's case file be allocated to another magistrate to expedite the prosecution process.
 
The copy of the petition obtained by this URN reporter is addressed to the Chief Registrar and copied to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Inspector General of Police and to the Inspector of Courts.
 
The petition notes with concern the release of former rally driver Ponsiano Lwakataka whose name came up in the investigation of the family's murder.
 
Lwakataka was freed on August 1, 2014 after Suzan Awidi, the presiding magistrate, ruled that the murder charges that had been earlier read to him be stayed until further notice due to various irregularities in the file.

The family say they have since been forced to question the independence of the some police detectives, the magistrate and prosecutor.
 
The family questions why Lwakataka was not re-arrested on the murder charge.
 
Lwakataka is jointly charged with Asuman Muddu (18) a resident of Binyobirya village in Bukomansimbi and Vincent Fagesi, a Tanzanian national with murder on Kasensero CRB 015/13.
 
Prosecution led by Rachel Namazzi, the Rakai Resident State Attorney, alleges that the trio connived to murder nine people in Kanabulemu, Kyebe Sub-county, Rakai district.
 
Lwakataka is jointly charged with Asuman Muddu (18) a resident of Binyobirya village in Bukomansimbi and Vincent Fagesi, a Tanzanian national with murder on Kasensero CRB 015/13.
 
Prosecution led by Rachael Namazzi, the Rakai Resident State Attorney, alleges that the trio connived to murder the nine people in Kanabulemu in Kyebe Sub-county, Rakai district.
 
The incident happened on 13th January 2013 at Kanabulemu village in Kyebe Sub-county and captured national attention.
 
Pastor Mugambe's family was attacked on January 13, 2013 by assailants with machetes and axes. The assailants killed Pastor Mugambe, his wife Noelina Nalinya and six other visiting family members.
 
The other victims were Bena Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo.
 
However, Julius Kiryowa, Josephine Nayiga and Margie Namugambe, all below 15 years of age, miraculously survived the attack.
 
Kiryowa (13) sustained very deep cut wounds on the head. The killers left him for dead but Kiryowa survived. 
 
Fred Kiryowa, the late Mugambe's brother, says the family is again living in fear for their lives. He says the family is unhappy with the fact that the attempted murder charge was eliminated from the file.
 
He says that he is afraid with Lwakataka's release, their family might be targeted again.
 
Two key suspects Muddu and Fagesi were the first to be arrested in May and later remanded in Masaka Government prison. And later Lwakataka was arrested as the third person on this file.
 
Taban Chiriga, the District CID, says that it was an oversight not to include the attempted murder count on the file adding that it would be included on the file after its re-examination.
 
The petition dated August 5, 2014 seeks to investigate the conduct of trial magistrate Suzan Awidi and top police officers who failed to heed to the DPP’s order for the trial to continue.