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Bagyenda Refuses to Defend Self on Murder Charges

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 million.

 

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 him.