A High court judge in Kabale has handed Dominic Twinomuhangi, the former chairperson of Mwanjari Market Trader’s Association, a 35-year jail term for murdering his wife.
Twinomuhangi was sentenced on September 11 by Justice Moses Kawumi Kazibwe. The convict was found guilty of murdering Rose Asasira, a former teacher at Makanga primary school in Kabale district.
Prosecution led by Kabale State Attorney Gloria Inzikuru told court that on July 29, 2012, while at Kabahangaara cell in Karubanda ward in Southern division, Kabale municipality, Twinomuhangi murdered Asasira.
She asked court to give the accused the maximum sentence of death to deter other would-be offenders. She said murders from domestic violence were on the rise in Kigezi sub-region.
Twinomuhangi, who pleaded guilty to the charge, prayed for a lighter sentence, saying he was remorseful and in ill health.
He told court that he suffers from paralysis, hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers and asthma. In his judgment, Justice Kazibwe noted that prosecution had produced eight witnesses who pinned Twinomuhangi.
He sentenced Twinomuhangi to 35 years in jail. The judge said, however, that the convict will serve 30 years since he is remorseful and ill and has spent five years on remand.
Andrew Basensa, the acting chairperson of the Uganda National Teachers Union – Kabale branch, welcomed the judgment, saying Twinomuhangi committed a serious crime.
Basensa also said the judgment will make members of the public think twice before taking the law into their hands.