According to the prosecution, in 2017 at Kisoga village, Wamala with malice aforethought murdered Nansamba by hitting her head with a pickaxe.
The convict Muhammad Wamala and his lawyer Emmanuel Turyomwe in court
in Mukono has sentenced to life imprisonment, 45-year-old Muhamad Wamala, a
witch doctor in Kayunga district for the murder of Zulaika Nansamba alias
Mirembe and aggravated human trafficking.
Thursday appeared before Justice Margret Mutonyi for sentencing. According to
the prosecution, in 2017 at Kisoga village, Wamala with malice aforethought
murdered Nansamba by hitting her head with a pickaxe. The prosecution relied on
a post-mortem report by Dr. Sam Kalungi, a pathologist at Mulago National
Referral Hospital. The pathologist noted that the deceased had a cracked head
indicating that she succumbed to blunt trauma.
In her judgment, Justice Mutonyi, said that Wamala’s in-law Wilber
Ssebuyungo who pleaded guilty to the same offenses in 2019 in exchange for a
lighter sentence, also implicated him on the murder charges when he testified
as a prosecution witness.
testimony, Ssebuyungo told the court that Wamala and his employee, Jamilu
Kimbugwe who is still at large cut the deceased into two. Wamala pleaded not
guilty to the charges with guidance from his then-lawyer, Gastone Kamugisha,
Wamala, and proceeded with the full trial.
accused’s lawyer Emmanuel Turyomwe had on Wednesday earlier asked for lenient
sentences, which should run concurrently, because his client was remorseful,
the judge, agreed with the State’s request for life imprisonment.
increasing cases of human trafficking for rituals in the area and one of the
victims fell into the trap after being lured by a police officer to the shrine.
I, therefore, agree with the state to give the maximum sentence to the accused.
This will set an example for all those who might want to engage in the act in
the future.” Justice Mutonyi ruled.
police arrested six witch doctors in connection to the murder of Nansamba whose
body was found in a shrine at Kisoga village in Kayunga District. The
suspects included Muhammad Wamala alias Vincent Paul, Joseph Kibuuka alias
Junior, Isa Walakira alias Joseph, Wilber Ssebuyungo, James Lutwama, and Fred
In November 2019, Justice Mutonyi acquitted Lutwama and Ssemanda of six
counts of murder and aggravated human trafficking. It came after the accused’s
lawyers said that they were never mentioned during the cross-examination of
Ssebuyungo who changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in a plea bargain
session and testified against his accomplices.