Norman Ahimbisibwe is assisted by onlookers after he collapsed to the Mbarara High Court. Photo by Fred Turyakira

Norman Ahimbisibwe is assisted by onlookers after he collapsed to the Mbarara High Court. Photo by Fred Turyakira

Norman Ahimbisibwe a former herdsman to Jovia Karuhanga, the first wife to late Karuhanga was on Friday brought to court testify against Grace Nuwamanya Karuhanga alias Kyakabare over the murder of the father and his five workers.

His collapse followed that of Joyce Kabashaho, a second wife to Karuhanga who also fainted in court on June 21, 2015 while testifying and narrating how the assailants attacked and murdered her people.

Ahimbisibwe collapsed after court adjourned the case to Monday following his lack of concentration and giving contradicting statements in court.

Drama continued when journalists were stopped from taking pictures and one state attorney, Peter Rubarema grabbed and damaged a video camera belonging to Ali Wasswa, a reporter for Bukedde TV and Bukedde newspaper, accusing him of trespass and taking pictures without his consent.

He was taken to an unknown health facility for the treatment.

Daniel Karuhanga, 78, was attacked and murdered together with his workers in his second wife?s home, Kacumbiro village, Kenshunga Sub-county Kiruhura district during the night of August 16 and 17, 2013.

Others murdered included Bernard Ntwirenabo 20, Naboth Turyahabwe 20, Kenneth Timuzigu 20, Eldard Tumwine 52 and Alex Turyamureeba 20.

Ahimbisibwe looked uneasy when he took a stand in the dock before Justice Lameck Mukasa and failed to identify Grace Nuwamanya alias Kyakabare from other six suspects who he alleged to have seen at the home on the fateful night Karuhanga was murdered.

Ahimbisibwe who was asked by state prosecutor, Florence Akello whether he knows Kyakabare, assured court that he knows him well but he failed to identify him from other suspects in the dock.

When further asked the period he worked for Jovia Karuhanga, he also misfired and told court wrong information. He said he worked for Jovia from June-August 2003 instead of June-August 2013, a period Karuhanga and others were murdered.

He shocked court when he insisted that he was sober and knew what he was saying when state prosecution tried to take him to the right direction of cross examination.

His conduct raised suspicion among the defence lawyers when Akello asked for adjournment for her witness to gain his senses.

The judge considered Akello?s request and adjourned the case to Monday when Ahimbisibwe?s cross examination will continue.

By Fred Turyakira, The New Vision


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