Coporiyamu Kasolo, known as Arsenal, and Johnson Lubega, also known as Etoo or Manomano, have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of social worker Maria Nagirinya and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa. High Court judge Isaac Muwata delivered the verdict on Thursday, convicting them of kidnapping with intent to murder, murder, and aggravated robbery.
In contrast, their accomplices Hassan Kisekka, alias Masadda, Nasif Kalyango, also known as Muwonge, and Sharif Mpanga, known as Shafiq, received a 30-year jail term for their involvement in the offenses.
Conversely, Sadat Kateregga, also known as Baros, was acquitted due to insufficient evidence against him.
Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa were brutally murdered on August 28, 2019, and their bodies were discovered at a swamp in Nama sub-county, Mukono district, on August 30, 2019, by the police.
At the time of her death, Nagirinya was working for the Community Integrated Development Initiative, an NGO. According to the prosecution, the group and others still at large, at Nabisasilo zone, Rubaga division, Kampala district, forcibly kidnapped Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa with the intent to murder them.
The prosecution further alleged that on the same day, the group robbed Kitayimbwa of his Nokia mobile phone with serial number S/no. 356839092092020 and 24,000 shillings. They also stole 260,000 shillings from Nagirinya, along with her Toyota Spacio, which was later found abandoned in Nateete.