Labour exporter Halima slapped with murder charges

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Halima Byekwaso

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has brought murder charges against Halima Byekwaso earlier charged for operating a recruitment agency illegally.

Byekwaso, 33, also known as Mutesi Anne Annet, is a second-hand shoe dealer residing at Tura, Kawempe division in Kampala district.

The prosecution alleges that Byekwaso and others still at large, on July 2, 2019, in Kampala district, with Sultan Mohamed Al Badi of Sultanate  Oman, in the Middle East, on the South-Eastern end of Arabian Peninsula, recruited and caused the death of late Sarah Achieng.

The accused also transported Achieng to the said Middle East without a license to operate.

It is also contended that on September 10, the accused, being a businesswoman, by means of fraudulent tricks, induced Irene Nankumba to give her $200 ( sh740, 000), as money purportedly meant to process her recruitment opportunity for a job in Jordan, whereas not.

The prosecution further asserts that the accused, without a license to operate a recruitment Agency, introduced herself to Nankumba, as someone appointed by VBC Labour Expert Limited, to recruit girls and boys for jobs abroad, whereas not.

When she re-appeared before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate, Ketty Joan Acaa to apply for bail, the state prosecutor, Elizabeth Nandala, told court that the DPP had added other charges to her.

The magistrate read the two charges of murder and trafficking in persons to Byekwaso of which she was ordered not to take a plea, for they are capital offences only tried in the High Court.

This means Byekwaso is now battling four counts of murder, cheating, operating as a recruitment agency without a license and trafficking in persons.

Murder offences contravene sections 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act and call for a maximum penalty of death on conviction.

The trial magistrate to adjourn the case to October 28 for mention of the case.

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