25-Year Jail Term Upheld for Murder of Xaverian Movement Church Leader

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

KYENJOJO DISTRICT – The Court of Appeal has upheld the 25-year jail sentence imposed on Kenneth Kugonza for the murder of Emmanuel Musinguzi, a Xaverian Movement Church leader, approximately 13 years ago in Kyenjonjo district.

The court proceedings revealed that the deceased was a devoted member of the Xaverian Movement within the Catholic Church, and he tragically lost his life on January 24, 2010, at Katosa Village in Kyenjojo District. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. as members of the Xaverian Movement were en route to Katosa Catholic Church to prepare for a function.

According to accounts presented in court, during their journey, the Church group encountered Kugonza and another individual named Robert Karugaba. The latter began verbally insulting the Xaverian members, referring to them as prisoners, and demanded an explanation for their destination.

Unbeknownst to the Xaverians, Kugonza carried a knife, which he used to fatally stab Emmanuel Musinguzi moments later. Throughout his trial, Kugonza maintained his innocence, but the trial judge, Dan Akiiki Kiiza, found compelling evidence to convict him, subsequently handing down a 25-year imprisonment sentence.

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