By Our Reporter
Lydia Draru, the lady who confessed to having killed former Army Commander Maj. Gen. James Kazini is out of prison after serving a sentence of 14 years.
During sentencing, Justice Monica Mugenyi acquitted Draru of the charge of murder and instead found her guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. The same news has been confirmed by Uganda Prisons Service Spokesperson, Frank Baine who noted that Draru is now out and free to enjoy her life.
Genesis Of This Whole Saga
The judge then agreed with Draru and her lawyers Annet Mutabingwa and Musa Sembajja, who maintained throughout the trial that she did not intend to kill Kazini but acted in self-defense. Draru repeatedly hit Kazini with an iron bar.
On November 10, 2009, Gen. Kazini was found dead at girl friend’s (Draru) place in a pool of blood at Namuwongo Project Zone, Wabigalo in Makindye Division, Kampala.
Maj Gen. James Kazini, 52, had been hit with a metal pipe on the head and collapsed dead in the doorway. After realizing the enormity of her act, a confused 28-year-old Draru dashed out of the house, wailing: “I have killed him! I have killed him! I have killed Kazini, call the police!”
Boda Boda riders at a stage outside her house rushed to her home and found a body of a man sprawled in Draru’s sitting room.
At the scene, the officer in charge of Kisugu quickly moved Ms. Draru and her cousin Proscovia Tobaru, who had witnessed the scuffle, from the scene to the safety of the police post before being transferred to CPS and later to Luzira.
The Boda Boda riders called 999, which call was received at Central Police Station (CPS), Kampala, who in turn informed the police at Kisugu Police Post in Namuwongo. Police rushed to the scene and quickly cordoned off the house and locked the gate as an inquisitive crowd gathered outside.