Tonku denies involvement in Kagezi murder

KAMPALA.
Death row convict Thomas Nkulungira aka Tonku has come out to refute media reports that linked him to the recent brutal murder of Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi.

Tonku, who is currently on death row at Luzira prison, yesterday through his lawyers of Barenzi and Co Aocates and Tusasirwe and Co Aocates, distanced himself from Kagezi murder.

He said the allegations are unfounded as police have never summoned him to aid them with the investigations.

Tonku’s response is in regard to the April 9, 2015 local tabloid reports insinuating that him and former Arua Municipality MP Hussein Akbar Godi are behind the murder of Kagezi.

The late Kagezi was recently gunned down as she made a stopover at fruit stall in Kiwatule, Kampala by unknown assailants who had trailed her on a boda boda motorcycle. By the time of her death, Kagezi had successfully prosecuted Tonku and Godi for the murder of their spouses respectively.

“Our client denies any involvement in the murder of the late Ms Joan Kagezi (RIP) as the banes in the said statements seek to impute. Our client has never met with the said Abubaker Batematyo as alleged nor has he been summoned by police to aid with its investigations in any regard…” the press statement by Tonku’s lawyers read in part.

The press statement further read: “it’s well established that all visitsvisitors to Luzira maximum prison are recorded and closely supervised and no such visit was ever held by our client with the said suspect nor Godi Akbar and this could have been verified which was not done.”

“The contents of the said statements as discussed by the said newspaper are rumors riddled with malicious falsehoods and a product of a particularly vociferous smear campaign against our client and potentially deleterious to his appeal now pending before the Court of Appeal.”

Tonku was found guilty by High Court in 2011 for murdering his ex-girlfriend Brenda Karamuzi and dumped her body in a septic tank at his home in Muyega, Kampala. He has since appealed the conviction and death sentence before the Court of Appeal which set to be heard on May 4.

awesaka@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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