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Abdul-Rashid Kyoto Suspect in Murder of British Tourists in Queen Elizabeth National Park , Remanded to Luzira Prison

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Abdul-Rashid Kyoto, also known as Njovu, has been remanded to Luzira Prison by the Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court on charges of terrorism and the murder of two British tourists and their Ugandan guide in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese district. Appearing before Chief Magistrate Erias Kakooza on Monday, the 31-year-old Njovu, a resident of Domain camp in Mwalika, Democratic Republic of Congo, faced nine charges, including confessing to belonging to a terrorist organization, terrorism, murder, and aggravated robbery. These capital offenses carry a maximum penalty of death upon conviction.

The court heard that on October 17th, 2023, at Nyamunuka along Katunguru-Katwe Kabatoro Road in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyoto unlawfully caused the death of British couple Barlow David James and Geyer Emmarentia Cecilia during their honeymoon in Uganda. Additionally, Kyoto was accused of murdering their Ugandan tour guide, Eric Alyai, and burning two motor vehicles, including a cargo truck and a tourist vehicle.

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Njovu is further charged with robbing the victims of their passports, money, credit cards, and various identification documents using a deadly weapon and a gun. He faces an additional charge of professing to be the commander in a terrorist organization ADF between 2018 and November 1st, 2023, in various parts of the country.

The prosecution, represented by Chief State Attorney Lillian Omara Alum and Assistant DPP Thomas Jatiko, informed the court that inquiries into the matter are ongoing. Kyoto is remanded until November 17th, 2023, as the court explained that he cannot plead to capital offenses of murder, terrorism, and robbery, as these are tried by the High Court.

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Njovu’s apprehension occurred on November 6th, 2023, during a military operation by the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces marine forces on Lake Edward at Katwe-Kabatoro Island. Two other ADF suspects captured in the operation were immediately neutralized. Kyoto has now been produced in court to face justice.

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