Court Finally Issues Criminal Summons for Baguma

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Aaron Baguma is charged alongside Kampala businessman Mohammad Ssebuwufu, and six others, for the alleged murder of businesswoman Donah Betty Katusabe who was tortured to death at Pine car bond in Kampala for failing to pay a balance of 9million Shillings for a car she had earlier bought.

Buganda Road Court has finally issued criminal summons for Aaron Baguma, the former commandant of Kampala Central Police Station to appear in court on Thursday August 18 for murder. He also faces charges of kidnap with intent to murder and aggravated robbery.

The summonses by the court were prompted by the presentation of an amended charge sheet by Resident State Attorney, Jonathan Muwaganya. The charge sheet brings the total number of the suspects in this alleged murder to eight.

Baguma is charged alongside Kampala businessman Mohammad Ssebuwufu, and six others, for the alleged murder of businesswoman Donah Betty Katusabe who was tortured to death at Pine Car Bond in Kampala for failing to pay a balance of 9million Shillings for a car she had earlier bought.

It's alleged that having gone to the scene of crime, Baguma found Katusabe being beaten and just asked her to pay off the debt instead of saving her from the irate mob led by Muhammed Ssebuwufu, the proprietor of Pine car bond.

It's from that act of misconduct that the DPP says Baguma is criminally liable for neglecting his duty as a police officer.

"Criminal summons are issued for accused number eight (Baguma) who is not in court today for August 18," Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani said, bringing to an end, back and forth accusations between the Director of Public Prosecutions -DPP and the police on the procedure of issuing of criminal summons.

The two government departments have been engaged in a battle of words over the impending trial. In July 2016, the DPP wrote to Police Criminal Investigations Department giving them an ultimatum of 14 days to produce Baguma before court so he court takes plea.

But the Director of the police human rights and legal services Erasmus Twaruhukwa says that the desire by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mike Chibita to have Baguma produced before court is baseless.
 
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Should Baguma fail to appear in court on Thursday next week, court issue a warrant of arrest for him.

The other suspects in the case include; Paul Tasingika, Godfrey Kayiza, Phillip Mirambe and Stephen Lwanga. they are all currently on remand at Luzira prison.