The two suspects who were arrested over the weekend allegedly for taking part in the killing of the former Mwanza Regional Police Commander Liberatus Barlow yesterday appeared at the Mwanza Resident Magistrate’s Court.
The suspects, Abdurahim Ismail Athuman (28) alias Dula, resident of Mkudi Ghana and Abdallah Petro (32) alias Ndayi, resident of Mjimwema, arrived in court at 1:40 pm in a police car belonging to Nyamagana Officer Commanding District, and were hurriedly taken to a court room.
State Attorney Kastus Ndamugaba asked the court to allow him amend the earlier charge sheet in order to include the two suspects in the murder case of Barlow facing five other accused who had already been arraigned. Resident Magistrate Angelo Rumisha, who is presiding over the case, granted the prayers.
Reading the charges Ndamugaba alleged in court that the accused and others who were not in court killed the former Mwanza regional Police Commander Barlow on or about October 12, 2012.
The accused were not allowed to enter any plea because the Resident Magistrate’s Court has no jurisdiction to hear and determine murder cases which are a preserve of the High Court.
The magistrate adjourned the case to November 15 when it will come up for mention. This brings the number of people so far arraigned in connection with the murder of Barlow to seven. Five others were arraigned on October 31, 2012.
These are Muganyizi Michael (36) resident of Nyakabungo on the outskirts of Mwanza, Chacha Mwita (50) of GongolaMboto, Dar es Salaam, Magige Mwita Marwa (48) of Bugarika in Mwanza, Buganzi Edward Ruseta (22) of Tandika, Dar es Salaam and Bhoke Marwa Mwita (42) resident of Ukonga Mombasa, Dar es Salaam.
Barlow was shot dead on October 12, 2012 by people suspected to be bandits at Kitangiri Kona ya Bwiru
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN