Abtex Charged and Remanded to Luzira Over Freedom City Mall Deaths

 Abbey Musinguzi, the manager of Abtex Promotions and Marketing Agency has been remanded to Luzira prisons following the death of 10 revellers at the Freedom City Mall.

Musinguzi, 52 on Tuesday appeared before the Makindye Grade One Magistrate Igga Adiru. He was remanded until January 10.

Musinguzi faces nine counts of ‘Rush and Negligent’ act that led to the death of people contrary to Section 227 of the Penal Code Act.

According to particulars of the offense, Musinguzi and others still at large on December 31, 2022, and January 1, 2023, at Freedom City mall in a manner so rush or negligent endangered the lives of people by closing other outlets, leaving one small gate that could not be used by more than 20,000 people to move out safely.

The dead are; Daniel Kibuuka, Ibrahim Kizito, Nakimati Nazama, Viola Nakanwagi, Mary Namyalo, Haddijja Nakakande, Kibuuka Daniella, Shafiq Mwane, and Margaret Nakatumba.

Presiding Grade One Magistrate Igga Adiru remanded Abitex until January 10 when he will be brought back to court for bail application.

Abitex’s lawyer Erias Lukwago said that he had hoped that his client would be granted bail.

Lukwago expressed disappointment and described the proceedings against Musinguzi as ‘ironical’ arguing that the owner of Freedom City Mall, John Sebalamu, his manager, and police officers who were hired to provide security should equally be arraigned in court for acts of negligence.

Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga on wednesday shared that the force summoned the proprietor of the venue, the managers, other organizers of the event, the masters of ceremony, ushers, bouncers and private security guards who were dedicated to the event for questioning.

He added, “Also summoned are police officers and other security personnel who were deployed to secure the event. At a later stage, we shall listen to the parents to some of the children to establish how they separated from them and got trapped in the passageway and gates.

“Additionally, we are going to share a comprehensive list of guidelines on various aspects of planning and managing events, in partnership with the police, inorder to avoid a repeat of such tragic incidents.”

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