After several attempts, John Muzungu 33years a renown suspect in land grabbing, was arrested and remanded to Kigo prison on Tuesday by Entebbe grade one magistrate Elizabeth Kabugho on charges of robbery and malicious damage.
According to some residents, Muzungu a resident of Bugabo cell, Katabi town council in Wakiso district has on several occasions forcefully evicted people from their land before demolishing houses among other property.
Tom Tamale a builder and resident of Nkumba in Wakiso district narrated of how Muzungu took him (Tamale) on a gun point, after the latter was found constructing his boss’ house.
“He found me building and without asking anything, he just grabbed me, pointed a gun at me and dragged me away from the site,” narrated Tamale. A case of threatening violence vide Ebb police station SD Ref 51/13/02/2019 was later opened up but Muzungu was not arrested for the same.
Relatedly, Henry Kabuye a resident of Bugabo in Katabi town council describes Muzungu as a devil after the latter demolished Kabuye’s house multiple times in a land row.
According to Kabuye, Muzungu has grabbed several people’s land in areas of Katabi town council, calling himself an army officer. “On several occasions he has tagged himself a cousin to first lady Janet Museveni, and that, he was acquiring land for her,” narrated Kabuye. His case was reported and recorded at Mpala police station vide SD Ref 03/27/07/2019.
On November 17, John Muzungu in company of over 40 men, raided premises belonging to one Moses Bbosa and robbed money on addition to destroying property worth millions of shillings.
During the same raid, several people who were guarding the premises, were injured before police was called in. Muzungu and his clique fled into hiding until they were arrested later in December. He was detained with two others including George Tindyebwa 40years a resident of Lubaga division in Kampala and Ayub Tukundane 34years a resident of Makindye also in Kampala.
The trio and others still at large, were charged with a case of aggravated robbery and malicious damage vide Ebb CRB 1215/19 before being remanded to Kigo prison.
Prosecution contends that Muzungu, Tindyebwa, Tukundane and others still at large on November 17, 2019 while at Bulega Matanga cell, Katabi town council in Wakiso district, robbed cash Sh12,400,000, nine bags of cement, 30 hoes and 35pangas, all valued at Sh30,552,000= from the property of Bbosa and at the time of the said robbery, they were in possession of deadly weapons to wit arrows, Pangas and pit axes. While appearing before her worship Muwanika, Muzungu and others were not allowed to take plea since they were facing a capital offence which is only tryable by high court. They are to be brought back to court on January 22, 2020 for mention of their case, pending committal to high court.
According to Tonny Walugembe a chairperson for Bulega cell in Katabi town council, John Muzungu has on several occasions duped bonafide residents, calling himself a landlord to most of the land in Katabi town council. “Several residents have reportedly seen him in possession of a gun, though he’s known to belong to any security body in the area,” said Walugembe.
Inside sources within police have confided of how John Muzungu has been enjoying protection from some officers within the army, though himself, does not belong to any security organ.