DPP asks Wakiso court to take over Bobi Wine case

By Sania Babirye

The Director of Public prosecutions has asked the Wakiso magistrate court to take the case in which city lawyer Male Mabirizi is accusing him of giving false information to the Wakiso district electoral returning officer in order to be nominated for the Kyadondo East MP East in 2017.

However, Mabirizi has objected to the DPPs request on grounds that the DPP has not given any reason to as why she should take over the case.

Court is yet to rule on the said application this afternoon.

In the said case, Mabirizi wants court to block Hon.Kyagulanyi from being nominated as a presidential candidate in the 2021 general elections and also be banned from active politics for a period of seven years if court finds him guilty of lying about his age.

In the said case, Mabirizi wants court to block Hon.Kyagulanyi from being nominated as a presidential candidate in the 2021 general elections and also be banned from active politics for a period of seven years if court finds him guilty of lying about his age.

Hr is charged with giving false information, obtaining registration by false pretense and uttering false documents.

Mabirizi says he has evidence to prove that Kyagulanyi lied that he was born in 1982 when he was actually born in 1980.

Mabirizi further accuses Kyagulanyi of falsely obtaining registration on parliamentary website through giving false information that he was born in 1982 and that he was 36 years of age where as not in 2017.

Security has also been beefed up at the court although Bobiwine did not show up.

This is the second case against Bobiwine allegedly lying about his age by Lawyer Mabirizi that the DPP wants to take over.

Kuteesa could face court for breaching presidential directive

By Sania Babirye

Buganda road court has set this Thursday the 18th of June to decide on whether the Director of public prosecutions should institute criminal proceedings against foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa after he authorized the return of three family members of businessman Ben Kavuyu from USA during the ongoing COVID-19 lock down.

This after a private lawyer Ronald Otee with Otee and company advocates, dragged Kutesa to Buganda road court to be privately prosecuted jointly with the three members including Barbara Kavuya the wife, his daughter Blanche Kavuya and grandson Isiah Tiba Byabashaija who returned in the country on the 18th of March through Ethiopian airline.

Through his lawyer Nicholas Opio and Derrick Tumusiime , the petitioner wants court to draft up charges including
doing a neglect act likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease (Covid-19) and disobedience of lawful orders; which two offenses carry a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment in jail upon conviction against the used.

However, when the application came for hearing before grade one magistrate Stella Amirisi Amabilisi today, the Director of public prosecutions through Jana Kitimbo asked court to take over the matter stating that its only the office of the DPP that can institute criminal proceedings on behalf of the government.

In his petition, Otee claims that Kuteesa’s actions were in breach of a Presidential Directive that bars people from flying within and out of the Country during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic while other Ugandans abroad including medical students in Wuhan were denied the same privilege.

He then requested Buganda road court to draft a Charge Sheet against the four persons.

Otee states that on the 24th of March the minister of health using the public health act passed an order into law prohibiting any person from entering Uganda effect from Monday 23rd of March to April 23rd which was later extended and remains into effect up to date as measures to contain the virus.

The lawyer however notes that on the 18th of May 2020, the said persons entered Uganda and continue to stay in Uganda and as a result committed a criminal offense together with minister Sam Kutesa who authorized their return via Ethiopian airline.

He says that the actions of minister Sam Kutesa to allow only that family to return home was discriminative in nature since other Ugandans who wanted to return or leave the country were not granted permission.

State still investigating Besigye’s treason case three years down the road

By Sania Babirye

The government is still investigating the treason case against the former FDC presidential candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye three years after he was charged with the offense.

The charges stem from a video recording that went viral on social media allegedly showing Dr.Besigye swearing in himself as president of the Republic of Uganda in May 2016.

The state says this is illegal as it’s contrary to the known and prescribed legal process through which a person ascends into the office of presidency.

He was consequently arrested, arraigned before Nakawa chief magistrate court, charged with treason and remanded to Luzira prison before he was granted bail by the high court in July 2016.

What is surprising is the fact that while being charged, Besigye told court that he indeed did swear himself in as the President of Uganda because he had evidence that he had won the 2016 Presidential elections.

However, despite his admitting of the said crime, the state told court that they were still investigating the case and failed to close it.

This has always frustrated Dr.Besigye who wondered why state continued to investigating a case hr had accepted from the beginning and in February 2017, the angry opposition politician vowed to never report back to this court until state concluded its alleged investigations.

And today, as usual state prosecutor Apolot Christine informed grade one magistrate Ponsiano Odwori that they needed more time to conclude the ongoing investigations to have him committed to the high court for trial.

However, Dr.Besigye or his lawyers were not present in court forcing the magistrate to issue criminal summons against Dr.Besigye and adjourned the case to the 2nd of July 2019.

on the 20th of march 2017 justice Wilson Kwesiga the head of the high court criminal division ordered Besigye to report only to the magistrate court after Besigye complained that it was too expensive for him to report to two courts including the high court over the same case.

The ruling came after Besigye vowed to never report back to the Nakawa magistrate court until the DPP completed the ongoing investigations into his case and have him committed to the high court for trial.

In February 2017 Besigye declined to ever report back to the Nakawa court for mention of his treason case until the DPP finished his investigations and have him committed for trial in the high court.

Man arrested for impersonating DPP Mike Chibita

Henry Luganda, a resident of Kasubi in Nabulagala in Rubaga Division in Kampala is in trouble for impersonating Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions with intentions of obtaining Shillings 25 million. Luganda appeared on Friday before Buganda Road Court for impersonation and attempting to obtain money by false pretense.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to Luzira prisons. Prosecution alleges that on January 8th, Luganda approached city businessman Muhammad Ssebuwufu in Luzira prison and asked for Shillings 25 million on behalf of Chibita so as to drop the murder charges against him.

Ssebuwufu is proprietor of Pine car bond. He is facing murder charges for allegedly beating to death city businesswoman Donah Betty Katushabe over a debt of Shillings 9 million. After listening to Luganda’s proposal, Ssebuwufu agreed to pay the DPP.

Ssebuwufu informed his wife about the deal and asked her to first give Luganda Shillings 5m as partial payment. But before releasing the money, Ssebuwufu’s wife shared the information with some of her close confidants who were trying to push for the release of her husband. One of the confidants expressed doubt as to whether DPP could ask for money in exchange for justice and went ahead to call him for clarification.

Chibita distanced himself from the deal and a trap was laid for Luganda leading to his arrest. He is expected to return to court on Tuesday for further mention of his case. The prosecution of Luganda comes hardly a month after Bob Joseph Nabasa and Martin Matovu were charged with impersonating the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe.

The duo was arraigned in court for attempting to defraud Mukesh Shukla, the proprietor of Shumuk Group of Companies of Shillings 450m. The suspects approached Shukla claiming that they had been sent by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe for the money.