- March 24, 2022
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Masaka Bijambiya Killings: Key Suspect Goes Missing From Kitalya Prison
One of the key suspects in the rampant Bijambiya killings that occurred in the Masaka sub-region that left 26 dead has gone missing from Kitalya prison.
About 15 suspects including two MPs, Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya for Makindye West and Kawempe North respectively, were arrested in relation to the killing of 26 people in the districts of Lwengo and Masaka.
The other suspects are; Benard Musumba, Faisal Kabuye, Paul Ssekajigo, Frank Tamale, Badru Kirega, Mike Sserwadda among others who are waiting to be committed to High Court to face trial.
On Wednesday, the Masaka Resident State Attorney Richard Birivumbuka told the court that they are struggling to compile the evidence to support the trial.
Birivumbuka told the Masaka Grade One Magistrate Christine Nantege that they have failed to locate Tony Ssenyonga from Kitalya prison, where he was remanded.
Ssenyonga is one of the suspects who confessed to the killings and offered to reveal all his accomplices. According to Birivumbuka, the state had preferred to make amendments in charge sheets of other suspects, and present Ssenyonga as a key witness but they are not in a position to locate his whereabouts.
Ssenyonga was arrested on August 31st last year from Kyazanga health center IV in Lwengo district, where he had been dumped by residents who beat up him during a security operation.
It is alleged that the suspect was found walking at night with a Panga and dressed in pair of trousers similar to those of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF.