Three private security guards have been remanded in custody by the General Court Martial in Makindye for the murder of Aidah Nabwami, a 70-year-old resident of Seke village in the Kiseka sub-county of the Lwengo area.
Abdul Razak Rizuk, a security guard, Denis Kashamba, a former Saracen Uganda Limited security guard, and Denis Mugisha, an armoury man who was previously worked by Saracen as a regional supervisor for greater Masaka, are the accused.
The trio, who have been held in a government jail in Kitalya since December 2020, were arraigned this afternoon before a seven-member panel of the Court Martial chaired by Lt General Andrew Gutti, who revised the allegations against them to include a third count of causing serious harm.
The court read the charges to the trio again after altering them, and they denied culpability.
They had been charged with murder and aggravated robbery previously.
The court heard that on September 6th, 2020, while in Seke village, Kiseka sub county, Lwengo district, the trio used an SMG riffle, which is a monopoly of the defense forces, to cause the unlawful death of Aidah Nabwami, a 70-year-old woman.
According to the prosecution, the accused stole Jjemba Ashadi, a mobile money agent, of five million shillings and his two cellphones on the same date before inflicting serious bodily harm on him.
Aidah Nabwami was shot in the chest and died immediately after arriving at the hospital, according to the records, while Jjemba was brought to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital in serious condition but survived.
The accused had dangerous weapons, according to the prosecution, including an SMG serial number UG Pol 56-590333832976 used to kill Nabwami and a SAR number 22012721 used in the heist against Jjemba, both of which are believed to be monopolies of the defense forces.
However, after disputing the charges, the prosecution, led by Captain Ambroz Guma, told the court that the incident had been thoroughly investigated.
As a result, the three has been remanded at the Kitalya government prison until September 28th, 2021, when their case will be heard.
The accusations have been amended at a time when at least 26 people have been killed by machete-wielding assailants in the districts of Lwengo, Masaka, and Bukomansimbi.