13 July 2012

Uganda: Nyangasi Murder Trial Begins

The trial of former trade union leader Apollo Nyangasi, accused of murdering his wife starts today at the High Court in Kampala. Justice Jane Kiggundu will preside over the trial.

Nyangasi is alleged to have committed the offence on July 24, 2010 at Kireka B Zone in Kira Town Council, Wakiso district, with malice aforethought.

The former chairman of the Uganda Health and Allied Workers Union allegedly beat 40-year-old Christine Dambio, at their home in Kireka . They had been married for 15 years.

His wife was found unconscious in the bathroom and rushed to Mulago Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The summary of evidence shows that Nyangasi brutally murdered his wife at their matrimonial home. Nyangasi was charged with the murder on July 29, 2010 and has since been on remand at Luzira Prison. If convicted, Nyangasi would face the death.

Nyangasi was a pharmacist at Soroti Hospital and the national coordinator of the Health Workforce Advocacy Forum of Uganda, a coalition of health professional associations, trade unions and health rights organisations.

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