December 7, 2021

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Katumba murder suspect denied bail

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A key suspect in the shooting of Gen Edward Katumba Wamala has been denied bail.

High Court Thursday denied Sheikh Yusuf Nyanzi bail on grounds that he was a “flight-risk”.

He is a suspect in the murder of former police spokesperson, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

The presiding judge, Gadenya Wolimbwa, said Nyanzi is charged with a multiplicity of capital offenses that all attract the death penalty as the maximum sentence.

“The chances of the applicant attempting to flee from justice are not minimal. The risks are substantial as the benefits of the applicant remaining to face trial pale against the benefits of escaping. The applicant is denied bail.” Justice Gadenya held in his ruling read out by registrar Festo Nsenga.

“Despite Nyanzi presenting three sureties to court who were of good standing in society, they didn’t exhibit financial capability to execute Shs150m each if the suspect absconded.’’

Nyanzi’s wife, Summayyah Namulindwa, Yusuf Ssemigabo Musa, a friend to Nyanzi who is also the director of Answar Moslem High School and Jamilu Ssebaduka, a brother-in-law to Nyanzi and a businessman dealing in clothes had been presented as his sureties.

Sheikh Nyanzi is among the eight people currently on remand in connection with the attempted murder of Gen Katumba, killing of Katumba’s daughter Brenda Nantongo and his driver, Sgt. Haruna Kayondo in Kisaasi, Kampala during the same morning attack by boda-boda riding assailants.

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