However, Bagyenda, who is the prime suspect, told court through his lawyer, Nsubuga Mubiru that he wouldn’t defend himself. He instead asked court to summon his father, Col Kaka Bagyenda, the Director of Internal Security Organisation, Sister Jane Francis Nantamu and Dr. Brian Mutamba from Butabika National Mental Referral Hospital.
Brian Bagyenda and his co accused at the High Court Criminal Division in Kampala
Brian Bagyenda has
opted to exercise his right not to defend himself in his murder trial. Bagyenda
is jointly charged with Innocent Bainomugisha, a cleaner and Vincent Rwahwire,
a casual laborer for their roles in the murder of his former girlfriend, Enid
Twijukye, a student at Makerere University Business School on January 4th 2017.
The suspects took to the dock before
Justice, Moses Kazibwe in the High Court Criminal Division on Tuesday to defending themselves. However, Bagyenda, who is
the prime suspect, told court through his lawyer, Nsubuga Mubiru that he
wouldn’t defend himself.
He instead asked court
to summon his father, Col Kaka Bagyenda, the Director of Internal Security
Organisation, Sister Jane Francis Nantamu and Dr. Brian Mutamba from Butabika
National Mental Referral Hospital. Mubiru told court that they had expected to
present the witnesses today but it wasn’t possible.
He explained that Kaka
was unable to appear due to state duties and while Sister Jane Francis Nantamu
was away attending a Special convention. Court later
heard the defense of Bagyenda’s co accused
Rwahwire and Bainomugisha. The two told court that they were arrested on
January 17th, 2017 from Bugolobi together with Bagyenda.
They told court that on
the fateful day, Bagyenda called them to meet him at Nakumatt Supermarket in
Bugolobi. They reportedly met him in the parking lot. However, the suspects
said that they were intercepted by security shortly after leaving the parking
lot before Bagyenda could brief them on why he had called them.
According to the duo, they were taken to Jinja Road Police Station where a Tall Police
Officer told them that they were being held for Twijukye’s murder and handed them
statements to append their signatures.
During Cross examination, State Prosecutors led
by Joseph Kyomuhendo asked the duo if they knew Bagyenda’s home and the people
he stayed with.
The accused who appeared separately told court that they knew Bagyenda’s home because he was their
boss since 2014 but didn’t know the people he stayed with. The two told court that they used to
clean Bagyenda’s compound and would often leave without seeing him. The denied
playing any role in Twijukye’s murder whose body
was found dumped in a swamp in Namanve in Mukono District.
Their testimony contravened the
testimony of 16 prosecution witnesses who told
court that Bagyenda hired the duo at Shillings 200,000 to dump Twijukye’s body
after suffocating her to death using pillows for allegedly stealing Shillings 4
The suspects reportedly wrapped the body in a
Polythene bag before dumping it in a swamp in Namanve. The Prosecution
witnesses told court that Bagyenda had plans to dump the body in his home
district of Kalangala but changed plans when his co-accused refused to help him.
The case will resume on January 17th 2020 for Bagyenda’s witnesses to defend