By Ivan Mwine
A man who has been on remand for 22 years over charges of murder has finally been freed by court due to lack of evidence.
Alex Twinomugisha, 50, who has been in Luzira Prison over suspicion of having murdered someone, was freed Thursday by Buganda Road Court.
His acquittal arose after the Director of Public Prosecutions Jane Frances Abodo withdrew the charges against him despite having served his 20-year prison term for the murder of Tooro Prince Happy Kinjanangooma after learning that Twinomugisha had last appeared in court in September 1999.
It should be noted that Twinomugisha’s co-accused in the murder of Prince Kijanangoma former Tooro Kingdom Premier John Sanyu Katuramu was freed in September 2021 after he had served his prison sentence.
Twinomugish was produced before Buganda Road Court where a withdrawal letter dated February 23rd, 2020 signed by the DPP was presented before Chief Magistrate Douglas Singiza.
However, the letter brought by Resident State Attorney, Joan Keko, stated no reason for the discontinuation of the charge which the police claim they have been investigating for more than two decades.
His lawyer, Geoffrey Turyamusiima, revealed that the said murder charge whose particulars are scanty had barred his client from enjoying his freedom yet he had already completed serving a 20-year jail sentence handed to him for the murder of Tooro kingdom Prince Happy Kinjanangooma.
Turyamusiima told court that his client’s co-convicts including former Tooro Kingdom minister John Sanyu Katuramu and Patrick Kwezi had been released after serving their prison terms but Twinomugisha had remained on remand at Luzira Upper prison.