Man filmed attacking Nateete businessman with Machete in viral video remanded to Luzira

Ashiraf Kiiza, a machine oerator at Beshir Milling Investment in the dock at Mwanga II Magistrate’s Court on May 21, 2024.

Kampala, (UG):- The Court at Mwanga II in Kampala has remanded to Luzira Prison, one Ashiraf Kiiza, a 27-year-old suspect who appeared in the viral video armed with a machete and a hammer attacking a customer at a milling firm in Nateete, Rubaga Division.

Kiiza, who had been hired as a machine operator at Beshir Milling Investment at Nateete in Rubaga Division in Kampala was traced and arrested from Kyotera District days after the May 13 evening attack caught on CCTV camera. 

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The suspect today, Tuesday, May 21, appeared before the presiding magistrate at Mwanga II Magistrate’s Court who charged him with aggravated robbery and attempted murder and did not allow him to take plea as the court does not have the jurisdiction to handle capital offences.

“…the charges against you are capital in nature and only triable in the High Court. You are meanwhile remanded to prison until June 27 this year,” Mr Byaruhanga read.

Prosecution told court that on May 13, 2024, while in Nateete, Mirembe Zone, Rubaga Division in Kampala, Kiiza, armed with a machete and a hammer attempted to rob one Sam Turyamuhaki of Shs2 million.

On the same day, it is alleged that Kiiza attempted to cause the death of Turyamuhaki during the foiled robbery, before fleeing from the scene after failing to get his steal.

Mr Turyamuhaki had gone to the milling company to pick money to pay the farmers but while in the office with Bashir Ssekiwunga, the company director, and the cashier, Oliver Natasha where he was given money amounting to Shs8 million but who was counting the money, Kiiza entered the office with a white sack out of which he picked a machete and a hammer.

It is alleged that Kiiza instructed Turyamuhaki to drop down the money he was counting.

“The victim (Turyamuhaki) then grabbed Kiiza as he attempted to pick money using one of his feet and they started struggling. That is when Kiiza started cutting the victim using the machete and hit him with a hammer on the head. After failing to take the money, Kiiza ran away with the machete leaving behind the hammer,” reads the court file.

Mr Turyamuhaki was later rushed to the hospital for treatment after which the case was reported to Nateete Police.

State Attorney Ms Caroline Mpumwire told the court that investigations into the case are almost complete. She asked the court for a short adjournment to enable the state to prepare documents for committal documents.

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