CPS DPC Baguma Charged, Remanded Over Murder

Former Central Police Station DPC Aaron Baguma has been charged with murder of city business woman and remanded to Kigo government prison.

Early this afternoon, Baguma secretly and voluntarily, in the company of his lawyer Abraham Mpumwire turned himself in at Buganda Road court this afternoon.

He appeared before Grade One Magistrate Joan Aciro who charged him with murder, aggravated robbery and kidnap with intent to kill.

He was barred from pleading to these aggravated offences which are only triable by the High Court.

His lawyer Mpumwire asked court that due to security reasons, Baguma be remanded to Kigo government prison instead of Luzira prison where his 8 co-accused are held, a request that the state prosecutor Peter Mugisha has not objected to.

Baguma is jointly charged with 8 others including the Pine Car Bond proprietor Muhammad Ssebufu with the murder of a city businesswoman Donah Betty Katushabe over a Shs9 million debt.

He returns to court on September 1st for mention of the case.

This however comes just hours after the family of the deceased wrote to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions asking for withdrawal of the said charges.

In a letter written by one Alex Masereka Epafura, an heir to the deceased father Epafura Kule, the family has requested the AS Aaron Baguma be dropped from among the accused persons.

One of the reason they state for their request is that it is Baguma who helped arrest Ssebuffuufu at the time he was planning to leave the country.

Andt that he helped them access the Inspector General of Police (IGP) who then ordered that a new team of investigator be appointed after the former had been grossly compromised.

They add that it was Baguma who assembled some of the key witnesses who came out to testify amid fear and intimidation.

 

Story By Ruth Anderah