UPDF Major Further Remanded For Alleged Murder

Mukono Grade I Magistrate Peace Elizabeth Lamunu on Friday further remanded Maj. Vincent Byaruhanga to Kauga Prison until December 8. 

Maj. Byaruhanga, based at Lugazi Engineering Brigade was arrested and remanded on November 9, together with Ssozi Musisi, on accusations of murder and fueling land fights.

It is alleged that Maj. Byaruhanga commanded a group of youths that attacked a rival group hired by Hussein Lukwago and Nuru Musoke to secure land boundaries and also evict the family of the late Sam Kasozi from land in Nama Sub County, Mukono District.

During the attack, Innocent Masinge was hacked to death, and his body was dumped in the contested land. According to police, Maj. Byaruhanga was hired by Ssozi Musisi, the heir of the late Kasozi who was also arrested.

On Friday, the State Attorney, Josephine Nanyonga informed the court that the matter was supposed to come up for hearing before Magistrate Maureen Mukoya but appeared before Lamunu.  She asked the court to adjourn the matter to December since the prosecution has also not completed investigations into the case. 

Musisi and Musoke have been involved in fights over approximately thirteen acres of land for over ten years.

Musisi notes that his late father bought the land but they were surprised to see Musoke coming up to claim the same land. He notes that they visited the land office and also the title had changed and despite lodging a complaint, they failed to repossess ownership. 

Lukwago says they genuinely bought the land from the late Joseph Musisi Bakiranze, who was a neighbor to the late Sam Kasozi. 

Last month, Mukono High Judge, David Matovu ordered both parties to halt activities on the contested land until a hearing of the main application.

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