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Rubaga security officers jailed 25 years for mob justice

Three  local  security officers of Kawaala- Zone 111 in Rubaga Division have been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment each after being convicted of  mob justice by the High court in Kampala.

Evidence in court showed that  Kizito Gozanga, Abdullah Kaweesi and Disan Tumwesigye on the night of April 25, 2013, lynched 19-year-old William Ramzey Kwizera whom they suspected to be a thief.

Justice Yasin Nyanzi  based his conviction on the evidence  of a single eye witness James Kiiza who testified that  on the fateful day at about 2.00 am, he heard the late Kwizera calling out  for help. When he got out, he saw Gonzaga, Kaweesa and Tumwesigye  holding big sticks and a panga beating and cutting the deceased.

The  convicts  accused the late Kwizera of vandalizing car lights  and a door system button belonging to Kizito.

While sentencing the accused on Thursday, Justice Nyanzi expressed concern about the increasing number of mob killings where many innocent people lose their lives .

The judge said he was disturbed by the manner in which the late Kwizera was killed by the people who were in authority and had the duty to protect his life.

He ruled that 25 years imprisonment was to send a signal to society that mob justice must stop.

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