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Museveni to pardon Tooro prisoner Katuramu


John Sanyu Katuramu

President Yoweri Museveni has hinted at a possibility of pardoning former Tooro Prime Minister, John Sanyu Katuramu.

In January 2011, while Museveni was campaigning in Kabarole district, residents demanded that he gives Katuramu a parole citing the release of Chris Rwakasisi, another long-term convict.

Katuramu was convicted and sentenced to death in 1999, for masterminding the murder of Tooro Prince Happy Kijanagoma.

He unsuccessfully appealed to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

When Museveni asked the people what problems they want the leaders to address, they said that Katuramu should be pardoned, but Museveni remained tight- lipped on the matter.

In January 2015, a Born Again Faith leader Dr. Joseph Serwadda, also appealed to President Museveni to pardon Katuramu.

He said Museveni could use the presidential prerogative of mercy enshrined in the Ugandan constitution to pardon prisoners who have genuinely repented and reformed.

Addressing a rally at Boma grounds in Fort Portal Municipality on Wednesday, Museveni said he would pardon Katuramu on certain conditions.

“About former Tooro Prime Minister John Katuramu who is in Luzira Prison, he can only be pardoned if his family reconciles with that of late Prince Happy Kijanangoma,” Museveni said.

Government programmes

At Boma grounds, Museveni promised to support and nurture talent by building a stadium at Buhinga in Kabarole.

“On the question of Fort Portal city, I will support its quest if those pushing for it incorporate surrounding villages in the plan.”

He said government will continue keeping the Allied Democratic Forces rebels at bay.

“Thank you and I urge the people of Tooro to maintain the strong support they have given the NRM in the past.”

At an earlier rally in Kyegegwa district, Museveni said before the NRM government came into power, there was no tarmac road, it stopped in Mityana.

“Now it’s near, it continues up to Fort Portal. You also have electricity.”

“Regarding water, a piped system is being fixed in Kitaleesa. You have 7 Health Centre IIIs, and 7 Health Centre IIs but you don’t have a hospital. Kyegegwa will get a district hospital.”

He said Kyegegwa now has 147 primary schools, 65 are government aided.

There are 82 private primary schools.

Museveni’s first rally was at Rwamwanja, Kibale County East in Kamwenge District.

He said besides the wealth creation plan that we shall implement, the government will also construct a technical school in Kibale.

“The Bible says the first shall be last and the last shall be first.”

He said Kamwenge was very far from development, but now it’s going to get a very good road connecting with Fort Portal.

“This should improve the economic opportunities here.”

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