PSU Deployed In Rakai Over Lwakataka Case

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The Police Standards Unit has been deployed in Rakai district to investigate allegations by Ponsiano Lwakataka's relatives that police is mismanaging the cases against him. Noah Serunjogi, the Regional police spokesperson, confirms the development.

The Police Standards Unit has been deployed in Rakai district to investigate allegations by Ponsiano Lwakataka's relatives that police is mismanaging the cases against him.
 
Noah Serunjogi, the Regional police spokesperson, confirms the development.
 
Serunjogi says the officers were deployed to investigate all allegations brought against the police by Lwakataka's relatives.
 
Lwakataka faces charges of interfering with police work in Rakai district.
 
He, however, had been brought to Rakai because police claimed he had a connection to the murder of nine family members in Kanabulemu in Kyebe Sub-county.
 
But Lwakataka's relatives who have swarmed the area claim that police is deliberately mismanaging the cases against him to keep him in jail.
 
Lwakataka’s brother only identified as Ssendagire claims that there are many influential government personalities interested in ensuring Lwakataka remains in jail.
 
Lwakataka’s lawyer Hassan Khamba told reporters last Thursday that they had been shocked to learn that Susan Awidi, the Kaliisizo Grade One Magistrate, would not appear in her court room for his bail hearing.
 
He described Awidi's absence as one of the tricks being used to delay justice for Lwakataka.
 
Lwakataka and his right-hand man Abdallah Mukiibi are on remand in Kalisiizo Prison where they have been for eight days now. 
 
They face four charges that include causing grave harm to an officer, obstructing an officer on duty and conspiracy to prevent officer on duty from apprehending suspects who had immature fish.
 
They are accused of reportedly assaulting Mikidadi Kabiito, a special police constable attached to Sanje police post in Rakai district on 3rd March 2013 at Kanamiti village while on duty.
 
But Masaka Resident State Attorney David Baxter Bakibinga says the Directorate Director of Public Prosecutions is still making more inquiries into the murder file against Lwakataka.
 
He says the file is still pending inquires hence the delay to sanction it before inquiries are complete.
 
Bakibinga further explains that the file is already with police in Rakai and the Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Geoffrey Musana has been closely monitoring it adding that the matter will be in court when inquiries are complete.
 
Meanwhile Lwakataka remains in jail until Friday this week when he will reappear in court for bail hearing.