Court of Appeal acquits two murder convicts


MASAKA- The Court of Appeal sitting in Masaka has acquitted two murder convicts.

Godfrey Kazooba and Annet Namugga, both residents of Kalisizo Town in Kyotera District, have been serving 45 and 30 year jail sentences respectively.

They were acquitted by justices Fredrick Egonda Ntende, Hellen Obura and Steven Musota who are presiding over the court’s one-month session in Masaka.

This is the first time the court is sitting in Masaka Magisterial Area.

“Upon hearing and considering this appeal, we are satisfied that the appeal must succeed.  We quash the conviction and set aside the sentences imposed upon the appellants. We order the immediate release of the appellants unless held on other lawful charges,” a notice of acquittal signed by the three trial judges on Tuesday, reads in part.

The judges, however, promised to give the reasons for quashing the conviction on a later date.

Kazooba and Namugga, were convicted for murdering a one Emmanuel Kaweesi, a resident of Kalisizo on February 17, 2009.

Prosecution proved to court that the two used clubs to hit Kaweesi’s head several times in a bar, after developing a misunderstanding. Kaweesi died while being taken to Kalisizo Hospital.

They were convicted and sentenced by Justice S.A Choudry J on February 22, 2012 at Masaka High Court.

Over 50 convicts are appealing against their convictions and sentences before the three judges.

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