Mbarara Municipality councillor, Amos Katureebe who was in 2017 attacked with acid has written to state attorney appealing the recent judgment in a case where he accuses the Speaker of the municipality of attempting to kill him.
Katureebe, a councillor of Nyamityobora B in Mbarara municipality was poured acid on November 8, 2017 while he was walking to his home in Kirembe cell in Kakoba Division in Mbarara municipality.
Speaking to SoftPower News at his home in Kakoba on Tuesday, Katureebe confirmed that he had chaired a meeting to censor speaker Bonny Tashobya who had allegedly sold municipality land opposite Stanbic bank.
Katureebe claims Shs 180m was shared amongst the executive leaders and some councilors in the municipality but he refused to take the money.
He says that in a separate incident, Tashobya had criticized him for blocking his (Tashobya) sale of another piece of land located in the Bus Park. Katureebe was scheduled to appear as witness to testify before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire land commission the next day, when the acid attack happened.
In an exclusive interview, Katureebe termed the 25 February 2019 judgment as unfair. Court convicted four of the suspects but exonerated the key suspect, Speaker Bonny Tashobya.
Convicts include; Corporal RA/171605 Denis Batalingaya alias Boyd (14 year sentence), Geoffrey Sali (20 years), Don Kizito (14 years), Mbiine Emmanuel (14 years).
“The ruling which was read on 25th February was not fair to me as a victim because they were 5 suspects yet the ruling affected only four and acquitted the prime suspect,” Katureebe said.
He stated that he had not met any of the convicts and had no business with them except Tashobya whom he had worked with and was privy to his illegal dealings. He accuses Tashobya of coordinating the deal to have him killed.
“You can now imagine those four convicts, none of them has ever had any business with me [Katureebe]. None of them is either a friend or a workmate, the only person who went and bought the killers is the Speaker [Tashobya]. Yet court says he has no case to answer,” the victim added.
“I was totally shocked and confused. Not only me but many Ugandans, even those who were in court; how do you convict people who never knew Amos and leave out the principle suspect?” Katureebe wondered.
He further wondered why court chose to let Tashobya off even when Geofrey Sali, one of the suspects who confessed to having poured acid on Katureebe hinted on the Speaker in his explanation of the motive of the attack.
“The one who poured acid on me was asked why he did it and openly answered that it’s because i disturb Speaker in council. How do you take such statement as hearsay, sincerely I was not happy with the judgment” said Amos
He says he like others was surprised by the judgment which he says was full of inconveniences. This is what prompted him to write to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) appealing the decision of the court.
He said his appeal is only delayed by the judgment which he confirmed is yet to be written.
“I tried to look for the judgment but up to this day, it’s not yet ready. The judge has not signed his judgment, it’s even not printed,” said Katureebe.
He also revealed that he will file another case seeking compensation and damages.
“I have mobilized my lawyers, they are busy studying the expenditure such that after the appeal, I file a civil case for compensation and damages. Before the convicts are released, they have to first compensate me,” he said
He however fears for his life claiming Tashobya, the prime suspect who wanted to take his life is living a free life.
“I appeal the government to provide me with enough security because I was serving the public and one who caused me the attack is out of custody,” he said.