DELAYED JUSTICE: Murder Suspects spend Two Weeks in Police cell as Court Prosecutors go On leave

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DPC Rakai Hashim Kasinga
DPC Rakai Hashim Kasinga

 

Rakai Police is Rakai are locked up in a cache 22 situation. The police are holding five suspects suspected to have been linked to the murder of a toddler two weeks ago. Even though it is within the constitution that suspects don’t exceed the mandatory 48 hours in cells, the angry residents have vowed to unleash a mob justice on the suspects should they be release on police bond. The Investigator has learnt that the rowdy locals are ready to unleash terror on the ‘killers’ whom they accuse police of ever releasing with flimsy reasons of ‘still investigating’.

Now what we can report is that counter accusations are being heaped and making turns between the police investigating the murder case and the office of the Resident State Attorney. Police says they are awaiting a sanction from the RSA to deliver the suspects in court for prosecution. When The Investigator had a chat with the Rakai court officials, they said the RSA a one was out of office until February 17 2017. We are yet to establish if these suspects will chill in the cells until then, or the police will release them on police bond and they be killed by the eargerly waiting enraged locals.

The suspects are being held regarding the suspected ritual murders involving two children whose blood were drawn leaving them dead.

Tension is building up in among most Rakai residents who are demanding that justice prevails among the five.

The suspects include George Kafeero alias January who burnt two children with petrol at their home in Kabira, Rakai. Kafeero’s intention was to kill Godfrey Kakooza after he suspected him of having a love affair with his wife.

Others are Hadadi Kasumba and Jude Kagayi who were arrested for alledgedly killing a 51 year old Vincent Kasendwa of Kiyovu village in Lwanda Sub County.

The recent suspects are David Mulindwa and Lukeera Godfrey alias Jjajja Galaba who are said to have slaughtered a five year old Jonah Mubiru on 3rd February 2017.

The Police were yet to identify whether Lukeera could be also connected in the sacrifice of Eseza Katusiime who was picked from her mother’s home in Kyakkonda.

According to the District CID Pande Grace, the State artoney has been out of office for the last two weeks hence delaying procecution of the suspects.

“We have failed to forward the files of these murder suspects because the State artonney has been out of office for all this long”, said Pande.

The delay of such capital offences has been figured out by many residents as the root cause of the accumulated murders in Rakai district.

“Whenever such people are delayed at Police without going to court, they are released on Police bond hence posing a great threat to our communities”, said Mutebi the father to the sacrificed Mubiru.

Mutebi added that such hard criminals need urgent action from the law other than keeping silent. He said such delays also give courage to other criminals who could have stayed in the community to continue with their criminal ways.

Different residents have however vowed to invade the Police headquarters and do the needful if Police has failed to act accordingly.

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