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DPP drops attempted murder charges against city socialite Bryan White

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mike Chibita has written to the Chief Magistrate Makindye Court to withdraw charges of attempted murder against city socialite Brian Kirumira alias Bryan White.

The directive comes just a day after Kirumira's legal team comprising John Bulungu and Rama Omungu told Makindye Chief Magistrate Erias Kakooza that their client, had reached an out of court understanding for amicable settlement of the matter with his accusers.
 
City socialite Bryan White
Bryan White, together with his bodyguard corporal Thomas Okoth was charged with attempted murder for shooting at his neighbour Victor Bitwire. The prosecution alleges that Kirumira, 32, a resident of Buziga, and Okot, 28, a police officer, unlawfully attempted to cause the death of Bitwire on December 13, 2017.

Bitwire was shot in the shoulder and rushed to Nsambya hospital, from where he was then referred to Kampala International Hospital. The circumstances surrounding the shooting have since remained unclear.

Today, Chibita indicated that the state has decided to discontinue proceedings against Kirumira and his body guard corporal Thomas Okot.

The Penal Code Act gives powers to the state to proceed with a criminal matter even when the victim is not interested in the matter. However, a source at the office of the DPP told URN that Bitwire was the principal witness of the state in the specific case making it impossible to proceed.

Chief Magistrate Elias Kakooza yesterday adjourned the case to the 24th April 2018 pending the resolution of the DPP.

 

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+4 #1 gatashimana 2018-04-10 19:57
You can't reach an amicable understanding and settle out of court in an attempted murder case. Is this insanity?

It's like settling out of court on defilement or rape charges. This country is with the dogs. Someone else should file new charges.
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+2 #2 MR 2018-04-10 23:59
So DPP won't follow up on the case of having an illegal unregistered weapon which other people would be sent to military court for??
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+2 #3 Ugthinker 2018-04-11 00:37
This doesn’t feel completely right because if we peg justice to the highest bidder the poor and humble amongst us can kiss justice goodbye!

It would have been a good lesson to Bryan White and the likes if throughly prosecuted. He would then, possibly attach some value and dignity to human life.

I’m not lawyer therefore except otherwise, excuse my layman’s opinion about it
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0 #4 Brown Brain jilochen 2018-04-11 02:20
White Brown true or not, i heard a person came from nowhere on your podium &started making it rain so much so that you dove into a near by rat hole with your silly white brown T-shirts & hid like a scared mouse that you're. Pls elaborate :-)
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0 #5 Miki 2018-04-11 03:20
When Mr.Chibiita was appointed DPP, many people saw this as a breath of fresh air that also promised to revive some and integrity of this office.

But what a pathetic guy he has turned out to be: The issue at hand is not a civil matter. It is a felony criminal matter whose conclusion with many facets, and one that the state has an obligation to investigate and prosecute in the interest of justice, public safety.

Mr. Chibita will next be encouraging rape victims to settle out of court with their attackers. Uganda is a very scary place.
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+1 #6 WADADA rogers 2018-04-11 08:45
Who didnt see this coming, the complainant should have said he was paid to withdraw the case
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