By Sania Babirye
The corruption charges that were slapped on the now turned police commissioner dissenter and fugitive Siraje Bakeleke have been suspended until he is arrested. The charges against Bakaleke and 8 others have been temporally suspended by the Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita.
The letter discounting proceedings against the 9 was written and signed by the DPP on the 24th of May 2019 and today a state prosecutor attached to the Anti-corruption division of the High court has presented it before anti corruption court Grade one magistrate Moses Nabende .
Bakaleke is jointly charged together with six other senior police officers including: Innocent Munezero, Nuwagaba Innocent, Robert Asiimwe, Amanya Junior, Babu Gastavas Kenneth Zirintuusa and a lawyer Paul Mugoya and Samuel Nabeta.
These charged with the kidnap and defrauding of over 415000 US. Dollars from three Korean nationals.
His co accused were arraigned in court in August 2018 and pleaded not guilty to the offense and have also since then been granted bail by the same court .
However, despite court summoning Bakaleke since then to appear in court to take plea to the charges, the senior police officer is nowhere to be found.
This forced magistrate Nabende in October 2018 to issue a national warrant of arrest for the troubled police officer ordering any Police officer to arrest him on sight for defying several court summons but this remains to be seen also.
The Uganda Police did also state that they did not know the where about of ACP Bakeleke and have since then suspended the former Kampala South Police commander and declared him a wanted person on the run for deserting his work.
Bakaleke is charged with 12 counts of Abuse of office and conspiring with others to steal 1.4 billion shillings (415000 US Dollars ) from three Korean investors in February 2018.
State prosecutor Harriet Ongomu informed court that on the 17th of September, Bakaleke was been dully served through his lawyer Senguka Robert and Nakachwa partners yet they all failed to show up in court with no communication.
On the 11th of September, High court judge Musa Sekaana also dismissed an application by Bakeleke in which he wanted court to stop his trial in the anti corruption court on grounds that the DPP can not prosecute him when investigations were still on going.
On the 5th of September 2018, Grade one magistrate Moses Nabende issued summons against ACP Bakaleke and other 6 police officers serving in different ranks to appear before him and plead to charges of kidnapping and wrongfully confining the three Korean nationals from whom they defrauded 1.4 billion shillings .
Bakaleke’s co accused include Innocent Bunezero, Innocent Nuwagaba, Robery Asimwe, Amanya Junior, Babu Gastavasi, Mugoya Wanyoto Paul and Nabeta Samuel,
These are charged with arbitrary directing the wrongful arrest and confinement of three Korean Nationals.
These are said to have committed the offense between the 4th and 11th of February 2018.
These are facing 12 counts of abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to commit a felony.
After the assassination of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Bakaleke told moaners that he believed he was next inline to be assassinated by people he dud not name and although police gave him security it only lasted for a day after they deserted him.
His whereabouts still remain unknown and the Uganda police has also intensified the search for him to be prosecuted.