Chaos in Makindye as Kayihura Snubs Court Top story

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The Pro-Kayihura supporters, armed with placards, stormed court and attempted to block proceedings of a case filed by private lawyers against Kayihura and seven other police officers, over the recent beating of former presidential candidate Dr Besigyes supporters in Kampala.

Chaos engulfs Makindye Chief Magistrates Court where hundreds of demonstrators are gathered in protest of the impending trial of Police Chief Kale Kayihura. 

The rowdy pro-Kayihura crowd stormed court and attempted to block proceedings of a case filed by private lawyers against the IGP and seven other police officers, over the recent beating of former presidential candidate Dr Besigye's supporters in Kampala.

The lawyers allege that Kayihura and his officers are liable for the acts of torture committed against Joseph Kaddu, Andrew Ssebitosi, Rogers Ddiba and other members of the general public by men in police uniform.

The other wanted officers are Andrew Kaggwa, James Ruhweza, Samuel Bamuziibire, Patrick Muhumuza, Wesley Nganizi, Geoffrey Kaheebwa and Moses Nanoka.

The case stems from an attack on July 14, in which a group of police officers commanded by Kaggwa, surrounded bodaboda riders near Busabala Road junction off Entebbe Road and ruthlessly clobbered them while they accompanied Dr Besigye who was heading to the FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi.

Kayihura was expected to appear before magistrate Richard Mafabi today. He however did not turn up and the case was adjourned to August 29. No explanation was given for his failure to appear before court as summoned.

The demonstrators argued that prosecuting the IGP will discredit the entire institution of Uganda Police Force. He says they will lynch Lukwago and the team for attempting to kill Kayihura who is the right hand of Museveni.

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The demonstrators threatened to lynch the private lawyers accusing them of fabricating the charges. For over two hours the lawyers led by Abdallah Kiwanuka, were trapped in the magistrate's chambers in fear of reprisal from the demonstrators.

They were later escorted out of the premises by a team led by Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Frank Mwesigwa.

Earlier, court rejected an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions to take over the case initially instituted by private lawyers. Lawyer Abdallah Kiwanuka argued that taking over the trial was a premature attempt.  He also demanded for a formal application from the DPP for the takeover of the case.

Lawyer Abdallah Kiwanuka

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Yesterday, Andrew Ssebitosi, Rogers Ddiba and Joseph Kaddu Ssekitoleko told journalists in Kampala that they received 800,000 Shillings each from a group of lawyers to be used as witnesses in the case.

Andrew Ssebitosi, one of the would-be witnesses, says he was given money to sign an affidavit pinning police officers for torture and brutality even though he had not been beaten by any police officer.  He added that each of them was promised an additional 5 million Shillings on accomplishment of the task.
 
But Lawyer Daniel Walyemera dismissed the claim as propaganda intended to derail them from pursuing the matter. He adds that the lawyers have no intention to withdraw from the case.