Motor rally ace Ponsiano Lwakataka has been transferred to Masaka Central prison from Kalisizo Government Prison where he had been detained over the last two weeks.
A.S.P William Ochwo, the Officer in Charge of Kalisizo Prison, confirmed the transfer saying management resolved to move Lwakataka to Masaka prison to avoid disorder, incitement and a possible break in or out of prison.
The decision was based on reports of anxiety around the prison since his remand and attempts by Lwakataka’s friends and supporters to block the police flying squad and other armed security operatives from taking him to an “unclear location.”
His supporters had also turned rowdy protesting the absence of Grade One magistrate Susan Awidi in a crucial session which would see Lwakataka granted bail.
They later said it was a ploy to deny Lwakataka justice. Following the incident, security was stepped up to avert any incident of lawlessness at the facility.
Subsequently, Lwakataka was produced before Rakai Grade One Magistrate Latif Nakibinge and charged with murder. He was jointly charged with Asuman Muddu (18), a resident of Binyobirya village in Bukomansimbi and Vincent Fagesi, a Tanzanian national.
Prosecution led by Rachael Namazzi, the Resident State Attorney, alleged that the trio connived to murder the nine family members in Kanabulemu in Kyebe Sub-county, Rakai district last year.
The incident that happened on 13th January 2013 at Kanabulemu village in Kyebe Sub-county captured national attention.
Unknown assailants attacked the family of Pastor Stephen Mugambe of Kyebe Pentecostal Church, killed him and his wife Noelina Nalinnya along with other family members.
Lwakataka was then remanded to Kalisizo prison until August 1st 2014 amid tightened security.
Ochwo says suspects with similar criminal charges as Lwakataka are supposed to be remanded to a prison facility with better security than Kalisizo.
Lwakataka joins his co-accused Vincent Fagesi and Asuman Muddu who were already remanded in Masaka prison.