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Three Remanded in Luzira Prison for Robbing Chinese Businessman of UGX 721 Million

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three remanded in luzira prison for robbing chinese businessman of ugx 721 million
three remanded in luzira prison for robbing chinese businessman of ugx 721 million
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The Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate’s Court has remanded three suspects to Luzira Prison on charges of aggravated robbery involving a Chinese businessman. The accused individuals, namely Jonathan Semanda, Joram Mwebesa (also known as Epu or Joram Nasasira), and Ashraf Nsiko, were brought before Grade One Magistrate Sienna Owomugisha, who read the charges against them.

The court proceedings revealed that on November 15, 2023, near Fang Fang Hotel on Sezibwa Road in Kampala Central Division, the suspects allegedly carried out a robbery targeting Chinese businessman Hewei. The victim had a Black Bag containing US$190,000 (equivalent to Shillings 721 million) stolen from him. The assailants reportedly used a panga during the robbery, causing grievous harm to Hewei.

Magistrate Owomugisha advised the accused not to enter a plea, emphasizing that the court lacked jurisdiction to handle cases of aggravated robbery, classified as a capital offense. Senior State Prosecutor Martin Nambafu informed the court about ongoing investigations and requested that the accused be remanded until December 18, 2023, to conclude the inquiries.

Despite their physical appearance suggesting they are minors, the prosecution clarified that all three accused individuals are 18 years old. The police have cautioned against carrying substantial sums of money without adequate security, especially for foreigners. This incident follows a previous robbery involving a Chinese national, Lee Shao, who lost 200 million shillings on Wilson Road, despite firing at the assailants.

The recent event brings to mind the tragic incident involving the late Ito Okira, a Japanese national who lost his life in a robbery in Kampala last September. The attackers in Okira’s case face various charges, including murder, and are currently remanded at Luzira Maximum Prison.