Katushabe family asks DPP to free DPC Baguma

The family of murdered businesswoman, Betty Katushabe Donna, has asked the state to exonerate former Central Police Station DPC Aaron Baguma who is accused of taking part in the murder that took place at Pine car bond in Kampala on October 21, 2015.

Baguma on Tuesday turned himself in at Buganda Road Magistrates Court where he was charged with murder, aggravated robbery and remanded to Kigo Prison until September 1, 2016.

Grade One Magistrate Joan Acio did not allow Baguma to take plea.

Last year, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura instructed the Directorate of CID in partnership with the Professional Standards Unit to investigate the matter involving a car dealer and proprietor of the car bond, Muhammed Ssebuwufu, who is said to had masterminded the murder.

He was allegedly helped by Godfrey Kayiza, a private security guard, Philip Mirambe, a Congolese national, Stephen Lwanga, a businessman and one Paul Tasingika.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in a July 21 letter given the police 10 days to charge Baguma, but the police feigned knowledge of the DPP’s directive sent to CID director Grace Akullo.

Katushabe’s family in a letter to the DPP Mike Chibita asked that Baguma’s name be left out.

Katushabe’s brother Alex Masereka told the DPP that it was Baguma who helped them uncover dirty cops who were involved in the murder.

Masereka also explains that it was Baguma who helped assemble witnesses in the face of intimidation and fear.

It was also Baguma who helped inform the IGP so the family could find a new team of investigators to handle the case.

Masereka concludes that it was Baguma who arrested Ssebuwufu, the ringleader whom Katushabe owed Shs9m.


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