November 27, 2021

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Supreme Court upholds Kato Kajubi life sentence

Godfrey Kato Kajubi

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Supreme Court on Friday upheld the life imprisonment punishment for businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi for the murder of a 12-year-old boy.

This Friday ruling came after six years of waiting since he lodged his appeal.

Kajubi is currently incarcerated at Luzira Upper Prison after he was convicted of murdering Joseph Kasirye.

Five Supreme Court justices led by the Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, the judges who included Ruby Opio-Aweri, Prof Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza, Ezekiel Muhanguzi and Percy Night Tuhaise ruled that they did not find any grounds to default the sentence imposed by the trial court which the Court of Appeal also upheld.

The judges explained that in Kajubi’s case the Court of Appeal noted that the maximum sentence is death although it is not mandatory as was held in Attorney General Vs Susan Kigula case.

“Indeed, owing to the gruesome, horrendous, callous and most unjustifiable killing of an innocent and defenseless 12-year-old infant by decapitation and cutting off the private parts, it is unreasonable for anyone to contend that a sentence of life imprisonment upon conviction is either harsh or disproportionate,” the court ruled.

“We all cherish to live in a society where we do not have to worry that someone driven by ill motives could pounce on us and disrupt our lives. We all desire that our world is devoid of human monsters and is at peace with itself and our hearts never have to skip a beat because our children have taken a little longer than usual to return home from playing with their mates,” they added.

The justices further ruled that they were satisfied that the Court of Appeal considered the gravity of the crime and the mitigating factors presented by Kajubi.

Kajubi was in 2012 convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for hiring Umar Kateregga, a witchdoctor and his wife Mariam Nabukeera to slaughter Kasirye for ritual purposes.

Prosecution adduced evidence showing that Kajubi had taken Kasirye’s head and genitals to be used in “cleansing” his real estate businesses after the sacrifice prompting the then High Court judge, Mike Chibita to sentence him to life imprisonment.

In 2014, the Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the conviction and life imprisonment sentence basing on evidence of the couple whom court said knew something about Kasirye’s death because they are the ones who killed him on orders of Kajubi who then picked the head and private parts.

The court ruled that it was a clear indication the businessman was involved or knew something about it.

Prosecution said Kajubi sponsored the ritual murder of Kasirye, a then pupil of Kayugi Primary School in Mukungwe sub-county in Masaka District on October 27, 2008.

Credit: Daily Monitor

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