By Andrew Irumba
Luzira Maximum Prisons: He couldn’t resist crying, even when he tried holding tears back, the (tears) defied him and rolled down his cheeks as he bid farewell to security details at the last gate of Luzira prisons that have kept him for 20 years, in the good life. Former Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister John Sanyu Katuramu Amooti has been a household name in Luzira prisons corridors for 20 years. At one time I went to see him and the security detail there asked me to wait for 2 hours in the waiting lounge as they tried to clear ‘traffic’ at his (Katuramu) reserved room where he meets his guests which can total up to 20 a day. So even the security has been kept extremely busy clearing his visitors, this is no more!
It was exactly 11:12am, when Katuramu’s son Job Katuramu chauffeured his father out of Luzira gates after 20 years in incarceration.
At the last gate of the prisons into the world of public life, Katuramu was received by his close friends, Joram Bintamanya aka Mukono Gwekyoma and Andrew Irumba, who represented Tooro community.
Like we reported earlier, Katuramu was driven straight to his Mbuya home, where he will first spend some good time with his family before travelling to his motherland Fort Portal, where it’s said, he plans to live his low life, looking after his cows.
Katuramu, who has been serving a life sentence (20 years), was in September 2001 convicted by Justice John Bosco Katutsi for the murder of Tooro Prince Charles Happy Kiijanangoma and his bodyguard Steven Kaganda. The court found that on March 25, 1999, Katuramu ﬁnanced the murder of the prince and his bodyguard at Palace View Bar in Fort Portal, Kabarole District.
Katuramu was sentenced alongside his nephew Patrick Kwezi, who was convicted for transmitting the cash to the killers and Alex Twinomugisha, a former UPDF kadogo who pulled the trigger.
Our sources have also disclosed that both Patrick Kwezi and Alex Twinomugisha have too been released today. Kwezi had initially been jailed in Luzira but was few years ago transferred to Kigo prisons after he apparently developed sharp misunderstandings with jail bird Katto Kajubi over city property, that’s according to our close spy within prisons.