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MP Zaake skeptical as DPP takes over torture case against Police officers


MP Zaake skeptical as DPP takes over torture case against Police officers

The directorate of public prosecution (DPP) has been granted permission by Mityana chief magistrate Kule Moses, to take over the torture case which Mityana MP Francis Zaake filed as charges against six police officers in a private prosecution.

In his ruling on Wednesday, the magistrate argued that the constitution allows the office of the DPP to take over a case at any stage. Kule also extended criminal summons for the officers until October 6th when they are expected to appear in court for the hearing.

Through his lawyers led by Eron Mukama, Zaake instituted private prosecution charges against Wamala region Police Commander Bob Kagarura, Mityana district Police commander Alex Mwine, the commandant of Kireka Special Investigations Division Elly Womanya, Hamdan Twesigye, Musa Walugembe and Isaac Oketcho for allegedly torturing him in the process of arresting him for not respecting the covid-19 guidelines in March this year.

Accordingly, State Attorney Cathy Basuuta of the DPP’s office in Mityana applied for the state to take over the matter from Zaake and his lawyers who had filed it as a private prosecution.

Zaake’s lawyer Mukama, argues that whereas court has allowed the DPP to prosecute the matter on behalf of Zaake as his lawyers participate by way of watching brief, they will keep a close eye to the proceedings to prevent the DPP from destroying it since there is enough evidence and witnesses to line before court for the matter to be successfully prosecuted.

Lawyer for the accused police officers Elias Tumwebaze welcomed court’s ruling however, said that the defence should not stop challenging the jurisdiction of the same court hearing the charges.

He contends that whereas some of the accused police officers are from Mityana where the offence was reportedly committed, others have never worked or been in Mityana and therefore charging them in Mityana court is not proper.

Meanwhile, Zaake has expressed disappointment with the ruling, claiming that he does not expect justice to prevail considering the fact that it is the same state which alleged that he tortured himself.

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