Herbert Rwakihembo, a Uganda People’s Defence Forces Lance Corporal will spend the next 30 years behind bars after the army General Court Martial sitting in Luzira found him guilty of manslaughter.
Rwakihembo was found guilty of murdering three women including his wife Irene Kawendeke by shooting using an AK 47 sub machine gun.
The UPDF Corporal attached to Luzira Military barracks committed the offence at Kisenyi zone III in Luzira, Nakawa Municipality in Kampala on December 10, 2012 at around 7:45Pm.
Last December, Cpl Rwakihembo of the Military Police who had returned from the peacekeeping mission in Somalia killed his fiancée, Irene Namuyaba, Royce Kawendeke, and Nalongo Zaina Nassolo, and also seriously injured Mr Ali Bavawala.
He was arrested the following day after the incident and has since been in custody. It is believed that before committing the ‘crime of passion’, Rwakihembo had accused his fiancée of being unfaithful and wasting money he had sent home during his stay in Somalia.
The case has been marred with drama, during one of the hearings, a group of men and women engaged the chairperson of the court, demanding for his release. They described Rwakihembo as a ‘hero,’ saying his action was aimed at saving men who work abroad and yet their wives waste their savings.
However, with this verdict, Rwakihembo will live the next 30 years incarcerated.