Court rejects appeal, returns Godi to Luzira


Former Arua Municipality MP Hussein Akbar Godi

Supreme Court has Wednesday an appeal by former Arua Municipality MP, Hussein Akbar Godi, who was challenging the murder conviction and sentence of 25 years.

Godi was sentenced by High Court in Mukono for killing his wife, Rehema Caesar, in 2008.

This appeal was heard last year in May and reserved for judgment on notice.

Court early this week issued judgment notices to the respective parties in this case to come for the judgment.

In 2011, Justice Presiding Judge Lawrence Gidudu convicted Godi arguing that the evidence of 30 prosecution witnesses presented by the state then led by the late Joan Kagezi.

He said prosecution adduced evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Godi shot dead Rehema at Lukojja village in Nama sub-county, Mukono district on December 4, 2008.

The court held that prosecution proved that two bullet cartridges found at the murder scene, came from the pistol owned by the MP, while the soil sample got from Godi’s shoes was similar to that at the murder scene.

Godi rushed to Supreme Court in 2013 and appealed the sentence.

In today’s judgment delivered at the Kololo-based court, justices Jotham Tumwesigye, John Wilson Tsekooko, Esther Kisaakye Mayambala, Christine Kitumba and Galdino Okello, upheld the sentence and asked Godi to stay in Luzira maximum prison and serve his jail term.

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