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DPP withdraws murder charges against minister Nantaba

Minister Idah Nantaba

Minister Idah Nantaba

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has withdrawn murder charges against state minister for Information, Communication and Technology Idah Nantaba and three others over the death of Ronald Ssebulime. 

Ssebulime, who, was riding a motorbike, was arrested and handcuffed before being shot dead by police on Sunday, March 24, 2019, on suspicion that he wanted to assassinate Kayunga District Woman MP, Idah Nantaba Erios. 

In the aftermath, three police constables Ronald Opira, Edward Cherotich and Ronald Baganza were sued for the shooting that claimed Ssebulime’s life.

But the DPP advised the police to try the police officers in the Police Disciplinary Unit instead since their commander, Corporal David Ssali had confessed to the crime and a ballistic report proved that it was his gun that was used to kill Ssebulime. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ssali, 46, attached to Naggalama police station was charged before grade one magistrate Mariam Nulugya in April and remanded to Luzira prison after he had reportedly recorded an extrajudicial statement in regards to the shooting. 

However, the rest were never charged, prompting Ssebulime’s family to petition the court to institute a private prosecution against Nantaba and the police officers on grounds that they were accomplices to the murder. 

Through their lawyer Muwada Nkunyingi, the family alleged that they had evidence that Nantaba gave misleading information to the police officers who ended up taking Ssebulime’s life. 

Nantaba had reportedly tipped police that she was being trailed by two men riding a grey Suzuki sports bike registration number UDL 822A in a threatening manner. She reportedly said that the suspected assassins had trailed her for a distance of about 40 kilometres from Sezibwa bridge up to Naggalama trading centre, prompting police to pursue them.  

However, today, DPP Mike Chibita wrote to the Chief Magistrate’s court in Mukono to discontinue the trial. Police spokesman Fred Enanga had earlier told journalists that Opira, Cherotich and Baganza, would be tried disciplinarily because they tried to conceal information on how Ssebulime had been killed by Ssali. He said the three could not face criminal trial for crimes committed by their senior.    

The spokesperson for the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Jane Kajuga has confirmed the withdrawal of the charges and said that they will be going to court to tender in the document as required by the law.  

Comments

0 #1 WADADA roger 2019-09-10 08:04
I think the public, due to frustrations occasioned by poverty and ignorance is quick to pass judgment against the sympathizers of the NRM Government.

To be honest and much as i dont like Nantaba, she was right to react the way she did, many women behave that way when they feel threatened or scared, they become alarmist even when the threat is as small as a caterpillar or a lizard.

She did not in any way participate in the gruesome killing of Sebuliime. Whether she was involved or not, i still think the DPP would have withdrawn the charges for obvious reasons, we are told she is a muninkini to somebody whose word is law and binding. .
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-3 #2 Lakwena 2019-09-10 09:06
In other words, the government is an evil institution, which you defend at your own risk. As a result, Ssali has paid the lonely price of following unlawful order from the only known above.

But just like Jennifer Musisi was haunted by the death of little Bryan, who was run-over by a KCCA pickup truck, at the KCCA Hq. while his mother was being prosecuted for street vending; Idah Nantaba will also be haunted by the cold, bloody murder of Ssebulime.
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+1 #3 Abalang 2019-09-10 10:53
The rulers of this world may unjustly withdraw charges against the mighty of the land when the poor, struggling, deprived and trampled of this earth.

But the withdrawal of charges on earth does not mean withdrawal in heaven. The time is coming when the King of Glory will sit in His rightful place to deliver judgment, and both the kings of this earth will be judged together with those who were their subjects. And the police and the judges of this earth will be judged too. The files they have withdrawn, the
false witness they have given, the files that have disappeared--all will be presented.

Nantaba's file will be recalled too, and Ssebulime will be present when Nantaba is asked about the events leading to his murder.

Thereafter, judgment will be read, both for the murderer, the one who ordered it, the one whose actions contributed to it, the ones who covered it up and the ones who prevented justice on earth. And all the people will say, AMEN
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0 #4 Ugthinker 2019-09-10 11:51
It was just stupid in the first place to accuse someone who reported the suspect to authorities!

What Nantaba did was what any law abiding citizen would do under the circumstances, report to police.

The criminal infestested Uganda Police in its judgement chose to silence its agent Sebulime, end of! What is Nantaba’s crime then?
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0 #5 Wainanchi 2019-09-10 12:06
Hellooo Mujaye!!!!Hellooooo!! I told you the thug which was killed was a terrorist.

Well done security!! Next time you rats if you want to assassinate our people and dignitaries think twice since you can be sent to hell.

If you play with fire you get burnt! And you filthy slugs Lakwena et al, what do you want?

You want to kill our politicians , scare Uganda and go as usual.Ah no, you will pay the price if you dare to assassinate our folks.
Go to hell bastards!!
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0 #6 karemere 2019-09-10 15:50
Quoting Lakwena:
In other words, the government is an evil institution, which you defend at your own risk. As a result, Ssali has paid the lonely price of following unlawful order from the only known above.

But just like Jennifer Musisi was haunted by the death of little Bryan, who was run-over by a KCCA pickup truck, at the KCCA Hq. while his mother was being prosecuted for street vending; Idah Nantaba will also be haunted by the cold, bloody murder of Ssebulime.


I partly agree with you. It is my deduction that the withdrawal of that court case was an order from above, just as was the murder itself.
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+1 #7 Odongkara 2019-09-10 16:11
Quoting Wainanchi:
Hellooo Mujaye!!!!Hellooooo!! You want to kill our politicians , scare Uganda and go as usual.Ah no, you will pay the price if you dare to assassinate our folks.
Go to hell bastards!!


As a sober human being I will not return your unfortunate utterances but God will do it for those whom your tongue have hurt.

May you live to see the evil you support.
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0 #8 Odongkara 2019-09-10 16:32
There are people like Wainanchi who are not humans but wild animals in human appearance.

I don't think he/she is an honest person who uphold the rule of law in his/her heart. Who has given you the authority to call a human being created in the image of God a rat?

I don't support evil but will never call a murderer anything. Know that your karma is gonna be there just like for he who calls others swine. It's not politics but upholding what God has created.

Love your neighbor as yourself and do to others what you want done to you!
Ssebulime had been killed by Ssali but the remains, who ordered him to shoot?

What I heard is that Ssali left behind orphans to a very heartless generation of animals in human form like Wainanchi who say humans are rats, swine etc. If I was not a human being I would pray that may his/her children taste an orphanage life also
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0 #9 Odongkara 2019-09-10 16:47
In the first place Nantaba didn't commit any murder or broken any law or done any crime.

If reporting suspicious characters to police is equal to committing murder then surely Uganda has gone to the dogs! And if it been that Nantaba shot at Sebulime the truth would have been that she is a very intelligent student of president Museveni who taught that "you sort it out with the people trailing you!"

My honest question is "who gave Ssali the order shoot to kill a handcuffed suspect?" Wainanchi and the likes should give Ugandans the answer please instead of uttering smelling shit.
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0 #10 Lakwena 2019-09-10 16:58
Quoting Wainanchi:
Hellooo Mujaye!!!!Hellooooo!! I told you the thug which was killed was a terrorist.

Well done security!! Next time you rats if you want to assassinate our people and dignitaries think twice since you can be sent to hell.

If you play with fire you get burnt! And you filthy slugs Lakwena et al, what do you want?

You want to kill our politicians , scare Uganda and go as usual.Ah no, you will pay the price if you dare to assassinate our folks.
Go to hell bastards!!


In other words, like the late Robert Mugabe (no rest in peace) Wainainchi and his "above" also "have Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in violence"; hence the language (lingua frank) of violence.
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