Witnesses Quit Police Brutality Case

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

Controversy emerges in the brutality and torture case filed against Police Chief Kale Kayihura and seven other police commanders after three key witnesses said they were bribed into testifying against the Police.

Rodgers Ddiba, Andrew Ssebitosi and Joseph Kaddu Ssekitoleko told journalists in Kampala early today that they received 800,000 Shillings each from a group of lawyers to be used as witnesses in the case stemming from the recent beating of former presidential candidate Dr Besigye's supporters in Kampala.

The trio had sworn affidavits affirming that Gen. Kayihura and other police commanders are liable for the acts of torture committed against them. But today, they said they were persuaded by forces within the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, and some opposition figures to act as witnesses in the case filed at Makindye Magistrates Court.

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.
 
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They pinned lawyer Daniel Walyemera of Namugali & Walyemera Co. Advocates for bribing them to lie to court on the matter adding that they have since withdrawn their affidavits.
 
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But Lawyer Daniel Walyemera dismisses the claim as propaganda intended to derail lawyers from pursuing the matter. He adds that the lawyers have no intention to withdraw from the case
 
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The controversy comes a day before Kayihura and the seven commanders are scheduled to appear before Makindye Chief Magistrates Court in relation to summons issued late last month to answer to the criminal charges.

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