High Court in Kasese has sentenced a 34-year-old man to 32-years in Jail for killing a Uganda People Defense Forces-UPDF soldier. The convict is identified as Amos Thembo Nyaminji, a resident of Kasenyi Village in Buhuhira Sub County in Kasese district.
Nyaminji was convicted by Justice Wilson Masalu Musene who found him guilty of murdering Yosiah Kananire a UPDF soldier attached Mbuya Military Barracks.
Court heard from prosecution led by Kasese Resident State Attorney, Filbert Murungi that on the night of May 24, 2017, Nyaminji raided Kananire’s home in Butohyo village and cut his neck and chopped off his hands with a machete causing him instant death.
According to Isaac Kananire the deceased’s brother, on the fateful day, Nyaminji’s wife Rucia Ithungu approached him claiming she had been beaten by the convict on suspicion that she was involved in an extra marital affair with the deceased.
Ithungu further told him that the convict had threatened to kill him on suspicion of being the go-between the deceased and his wife. He also reportedly threatened to kill the deceased or Ithungu for cheating on him.
The witness says that Yosia Kananire met his death on the very night Ithungu had warned them. Nyaminji, who had also spent the better part of the day around the trading center at Kasenyi couldn’t be traced after the incident. Another witness, Joel Kananire also a brother to the deceased, told court that he posted the accused’s picture on social media especially Facebook to trace him down.
He told Court that social media platform enabled a volunteer to recognize the accused and subsequently sent the witness details of where he was hiding at Kyaterekere in Kagadi district. Kananire said he engaged police and the office of Kagadi District Internal Security Officer, which helped to track down the Nyaminji and picked him up from his in-law’s home where he had spent six months in hiding.
He explained that upon arrest, Nyaminji pleaded for forgiveness and confessed that he had committed the heinous crime because he had been provoked by his friends who laughed at him that his wife had been taken by the deceased. Kananire also disclosed that the deceased’s family offered them two goats, bags of rice and Shillings one million in an attempt to resolve the matter amicably.
But Nyaminji pleaded not guilty to the murder charges and instead argued that he was away in Fort Portal on a business trip the day the deceased was killed.
Justice Wilson Masalu Musene said Nyaminji’s decision to stay in hiding for six months until he was smoked out wasn’t an act of an innocent man.
He added that Nyaminji should have handed himself to police and argued his innocence. He found him guilty for the murder of Private Yosia Kananire. The defense counsel, Chan Masereka prayed for a lenient sentence on grounds that the convict was still a young man who can still be useful to the country given an opportunity to reform.
But in his judgment, Justice Masalu-Musene agreed that the public must appreciate that it is wrong to take the law into their hands and desist from rumors.
Musene urged the public to seek redress from police, court and local authorities as a way to resolve their differences. He handed the convict 32 years in jail inclusive of the two years spent on remand.