15 August 2016

Police noncommittal on Baguma court summons


Police is noncommittal on whether Mr Aaron Baguma, former DPC for Central Police Station (CPS) will be produced in court on Thursday as per court summons.

Ms Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson, said the police was in talks with Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to have Mr Baguma produced in court but declined to confirm whether he will produced in Buganda Chief Magistrate’s court to plead to murder charges.

“We have received criminal summons for Mr Baguma and we are in talks with DPP to have him produced in court at the appropriate time,” Ms Namaye said.

Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani last Friday ordered the police to bring the suspect to court on Thursday this week after the charge sheet was amended to include Mr Baguma in connection with the murder of former businesswoman, Donah Betty Katushabe.

Mr Baguma allegedly looked on as Katushabe cried for his help when she was being battered by Mr Mohammed Ssebuwufu’s aides for failing to clear Shs9m balance for the car she had bought from Pine Car Bond on Lumumba Avenue in the City Centre in October last year.
The police have been defiant over the DPP’s directive to produce Mr Baguma in court claiming they had not yet received criminals summons.

Ms Namaye could not give details of the talks between the DPP and police over Mr Baguma’s case. “What I can tell you is that plans for Mr Baguma to appear in court are being handled by the police and DPP. He will appear at the appropriate time,” she insisted.
While addressing the media at CPS last Thursday, Mr Erasmus Twaruhukwa, the police’s director for human rights and legal services said Mr Baguma’s cases was going through the necessary measures.

“When the DPP summons someone, it does not mean he or she appears the following day. It is not too late for Mr Baguma to appear in court. You cannot summon someone with no charge sheet,” Mr Twaruhukwa said.



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