Prison warders charged, journalists locked out

Prosecution of prison warders who were duty on March 1, the day Muhammad Kiddawalime and Musa Galiwango, the prime suspects in the ‘bijambiya’ killings in Masaka region escaped from Masaka Chief Magistrates’ court has kicked off but behind closed doors.

Five warders namely, Tom Makanika, John Niwagaba, Isabella Christine Drani, James Chris Kisira and Isaac Bangakene, all attached to Masaka Central Prison were on Thursday arraigned before a grade one magistrate, Tindyebwa Adyeri to answer charges of neglect of duty amd aiding suspects to escape from lawful custody.

Journalists were not allowed access to the courtroom. Prison warders who were on guard said, “the case was not meant to be in the media.”

The case however could not go on since there was no state prosecutor to lead the prosecution. It was adjourned to May 30.

The accused have been under detention since March 1 when Kiddawalime and Galiwango escaped moments before former Masaka Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe could commit them to the High Court for trail.

Kiddawalime was killed by a mob on April 10 when they attacked Resty Nakyambadde’s home a Mukoko in Bukulula Sub County in Kalungu district.

His accomplice, Galiwango was arrested a week later from his hideout in Ntungamo district.
He has since been transferred to Luzira Maximum security prison.