Former Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Richard Buteera, has been accused of defrauding Kampala businessman and convict Kato Kajubi money totalling to Shs1.6bn.
This is contained in a letter written by the convict’s family to Chief Justice Bart Katureebe seeking for recalling of the file and retrial of the case.
Kajubi was in July 2012 sentenced to life imprisonment by Masaka High Court justice Mike Chibita [now DPP] for the ritual murder of a 12-year-old boy, Joseph Kasirye.
Prosecution proved that Kajubi murdered Kasirye, a pupil of Kayugi primary school in Mukungwe sub-county in Masaka district, on October 27, 2008.
Justice Moses Mukiibi had acquitted Kajubi, reasoning that prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he was behind Kasirye’s murder but the then Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Richard Buteera, successfully challenged the High Court decision.
Buteera “scams” Kajubi
According to the July 2016 letter addressed to the CJ, Kajubi said in 2007, sold his plots of land located in Kisugu at $1m [about Shs3.3bn] to the then DPP and now Constitutional Court Judge Justice Buteera.
Buteera agreed to pay in two instalments; he paid $500,000 (about Shs1.6bn), according to the attached bank documents.
Buteera then convinced Kajubi that he needed to get a loan from the bank to pay the balance and that the same land tittles would be the very ones to put in the bank as collateral/sureties.
He went ahead and told him that the land tittles had to be changed into his (Buteera) names for the bank to allow him borrow him money.
Kajubi accepted and tittles were changed. A few days after, Kajubi went to Buteera’s office to pick his balance but the receptionist barred him from meeting her boss claiming he was too busy.
When Kajubi called Buteera on phone, the justice declined to pick up.
This went on for a very long period Kajubi trying to access Buteera in vain.
Buteera even stopped going to a Muyenga club where they used to meet in gym and sauna, together with the IGP Kale Kayihura.
Kajubi claims that one day in 2008, he received calls from friends telling him he had killed Joseph Kasirye and that police was looking for him.
Family asks Katureebe for a re-trial
Kajubi’s family has asked Katureebe to re-call the file for re- trial; stating that land transactions between Kato Kajubi and Hon. Justice Richard Buteera were made in 2007 before the murder case came up in 2008.
This was after Buteera had allegedly declined to pay the balance of US$ 500,000 [about Shs1.6bn] to Kajubi for his 32 houses in Muyenga.
When Kajubi pushed for the payment, then a ritual murder case came up.
Buteera, the then DPP as a code of conduct of the judiciary should have withdrawn from Kajubi case because they already had personal attachments either as very close friends (if indeed the land transactions were fully cleared) or as enemies (if indeed the land transactions were not fully cleared)having entered into business with him, argues the family.
A neutral DPP ought to have taken over the case due to the fact that the principal suspects Umar Katerega and wife, who testified to have slaughtered Joseph Kasirye, had their murder charges withdrawn and instead made state witnesses to pin Kajubi for having allegedly instructed them to kill the victim.
This, the family argued, clearly shows that the intention was not to find Kasirye’s killer but targeting Kajubi for persecution, not prosecution by the DPP Buteera.
In his letter to CJ, Kajubi doesn’t want Buteera to pay the debt [he left that to God] but wants court to revisit his case for the truth to come out so he can regain his freedom and start a new life.