By Spy Reporter
Kampala, Uganda: Chances of unearthing culprits behind the gruesome kidnapping, raping and murdering of several women in Entebbe and Wakiso areas between 2017 and 2018 have become minimal, after court freeing the prime suspect Ivan Katongole .
Katongole , a businessman based in Entebbe, was Thursday morning acquitted by High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga. Katongole was battling murder charges with two others, with who he was accused of allegedly murdering women in Entebbe and Wakiso district. The acquittal followed the judge’s evaluation of evidence which he found insufficient to pin Katongole, who was arrested in June 2018 for the murder of Rose Nakimuli. While giving his ruling, Justice Kwesiga stated that “Whoever was in charge of investigations of this case did a bad job; this has been a useless, expensive and tedious investigation which could have been avoided. ” He added that “The investigations were done in bad faith because none of the prosecution witnesses connected the accused persons to the scene of crime or commission of these offences.”
The judge noted that most of the witnesses were police officers including detectives who didn’t investigate anything relevant to this case. The judge also stated that “The issue of unresolved killings in Entebbe was of public interest which needed to be handled fast before witnesses disappear or forget.”
Katongole was in June 2018 charged with Hellen Nabaggala and Andrew Kizito for the murder of Nakimuli, who was a resident of Kitala, in Entebbe. She was raped and murdered in July 2017. Her body was found lying in a banana plantation with stick pierced through her private parts.