19 July 2011

Uganda: Court Drops Cases Against Kasibante And Yawe

Kampala — The Buganda Road Magistrate's Court yesterday dismissed a case against two opposition politicians charged in connection with the walk-to-work protest, for lack of evidence.

Mr Moses Kasibante a former parliamentary candidate for Rubaga North, and Mr Eddie Yawe who a contested for the Kampala Central Division parliamentary seat, appeared before Magistrate Masitulah Mulondo yesterday and she dismissed charges of inciting violence, holding an illegal assembly and causing destruction to property against them. "There is no proof that the witnesses were summoned and there is need to reduce case backlog. So this case is hereby dismissed," Ms Mulondo said.

The court decision was prompted by the State submission that the police file in the case against Mr Kasibante was not available while in Mr Yawe's case, no prosecution witnesses had come to testify. "The matter is for hearing but no witnesses is in court," said State Attorney David Lukwago.

Mr Fred Mukasa Mbidde, the lawyer representing Mr Kasibante and Mr Yawe, asked the court to dismiss the matter, arguing: "Prosecution continues to waste people's time and courts time yet they are not ready for their duty. I therefore pray that the case be dismissed for want of prosecution."

Ruranga's case adjourned

At Nakawa Magistrates Court, ruling in a preliminary objection against the trial of FDC electoral commission boss, Maj. Rubaramira Ruranga flopped after the trial magistrate, Mr Mathew Longole, was reported sick.

The matter was adjourned to July 20 for ruling after Maj. Rubaramira's lawyer, Mr Jackson Kafuuzi, objected to hearing of prosecution witnesses, arguing that charges of fomenting unlawful society and common nuisance were not consented to by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Richard Buteera.

Prosecution alleges that on April 14, Maj. Rubaramira and others still at large, between Kireka Trading Centre and Kamuli-Naalya Road in Wakiso District under disguise of high fuel prices, unlawfully assembled and marched on foot towards the city centre with the intention of undermining, discrediting or prompting the subversion of government or its officials. Court is set to determine the fate of the matter.

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