The state minister for ICT and National Guidance, Idah Erios Nantaba has declined to honour a police summon requiring her to make a statement in regards to the recent shooting dead of a handcuffed Ronald Ssebulime.
Ssebulime, a widower was shot dead last Sunday along the Kayunga-Mukono road near Ggavu by police officers after being pursued and arrested on what later turned out to be wrongful suspicion of attempting to assassinate Nantaba. Nantaba and her armed bodyguard, reportedly pursued Ssebulime who was riding a sports bike at the time twice in vain before contacting Nagallama police station.
In a letter dated, March 29 to the Director of Criminal Investigations (CID), Nantaba says she has been ”directed by His Excellency the president to confine within my premises until he himself instructs otherwise.”
She adds that in such circumstances, she is unable to travel in person to Kibuli CID headquarters as requested, but if police so wishes, they can visit her at her premises to record the required statement.
Nantaba’s letter is copied to the minister of Internal Affairs, Inspector General of Police, Minister of State for Internal Affairs as well as the Deputy Inspector General of Police.
In several interviews and social media messages, Nantaba has shown almost no remorse for the death of Ssebulime, instead scoffing at the family for being used by some people and the media to attempt to ’milk money’ out of her following the incident.
Police has since apologized for the shooting, retracting an earlier statement that indicated that Ssebulime was shot dead after being suspected of trailing Nantaba for some time. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the police officers who were involved in the incident, fabricated the narrative and concealed the true facts to justify the shooting - claiming that Ssebulime was in possession of a gun.
However eyewitnesses said that Ssebulime was picked off a police truck and shot twice in the chest by a police officer who was heard saying that "the order from above has changed."
Ssebulime’s family insists that he was on his way to visit a boarding student at St Andrews Kaggwa school. Enanga said indeed exhibits found in Ssebulime’s bag were containing mostly of eats and drinks meant for school children.
Nantaba insists that Ssebulime is not as innocent as has been portrayed by the media. She said, she, more than anybody else wanted Ssebulime alive so he could answer the many questions regarding the other previous assassinations of prominent Ugandans and officials.