High Court in Mukono has sentenced Mulago hospital medic Dr Matthew Kirabo to 30 years in prison.
The medical doctor is accused of murdering his former girlfriend Desire Mirembe. The incident allegedly took place on July 6, 2015.
He was netted, charged and remanded to Luzira prison however he was granted bail. In July last year, high court judge Henry Kaweesa Isabirye found him guilty and later convicted of murdering his girlfriend.
He skipped court and ran to Kenya prompting the court to issue a warrant of arrest against him. In September he was arrested by Interpol in Nairobi and extradited to Uganda.
It’s alleged that Dr. Kirabo killed Mirembe while he was still a student of Makerere University after the couple reportedly conflicted in their love affair. The head of State House Anti-Corruption Unit Col Edith Nakalema has resurrected the murder case that has been forgotten for six years.
Both were second-year Makerere University School of medicine students and Mirembe was then aged 19. 2015 reports show that Mirembe was allegedly killed by Dr. Kirabo who dumped her body in Mabira Forest in Buikwe District.
In 2015 Kirabo was arrested, and on November 30, the same year was committed to the High Court for trial. However, the court granted him bail and for yet unknown reasons the hearing of this case had become stale and since then the hearing dates had never been fixed.
Emmanuel Musoke (main complainant) also Mirembe’s father alluded that the suspect continued with his studies, graduated and is employed as a medical officer at Mulago Hospital yet his daughter is in the grave and justice had never been served.
Dr. Kirabo had a program of pursuing further studies in the US and the only reason as to why he did not fly out was because his passport was still being held by the High court.
Mirembe used to stay at Akamwesi Hostel in Wandegeya and before this death she texted her mother who lives in the US informing her that she had left for Jinja with a stranger however, she was scared. That was the last message her mother received from the daughter before she learned of her death.
Due to pressure exerted on Kirabo, he revealed where Mirembe’s body was (in Mabira forest) and he also confessed to murdering his uncle, a lecturer at Makerere University.