Stunned by the verdict and quick sentencing, the Kayunga Woman MP Aidah Nantaba says the court swift move is meant to protect the Mafia who didn't want her to expose them and their key role in the Ssebulime's killing who she needed alive alive and reveal the people who were after her.
“My Lord, summons was sent to all witnesses, we tried getting in touch with all of them for purposes of attending today’s session, unfortunately their contacts have remained off,” Naluze told court before pleading for extra time to get in contact with the witnesses again.
Nantaba who has today appeared as State witness for cross examination conducted by Mukono Regional State Attorney Aisha Naluze at Mukono High Court has declined to confirm that the bike presented as exhibit is the exact bike that was used by the late Ssebulime to trail her.
On Wednesday, Justice Henry Kaweesi read the charges for Kirabo. "It is alleged by the state that you (Kirabo Matthew) on the night of July 10 and 11 2015, at Lugazi- Kawolo in Buikwe district with malice killed Desire Mirembe. Is it true?"
In his defence, Mulindwa through his lawyer Hannington Mutebi demonstrated before the court that he was a resident of Kasawo Town Council. He presented copies of his National ID card, declaration of income and assets listing land and buildings in Kasawo including his matrimonial home.
“In my view, she has failed in her duty to prove these claims to the satisfaction of this court and on a balance of probabilities. I find that Nantaba did not commit any electoral offences during the electoral process and that the elections of the District Woman representative of Parliament in Kayunga District were conducted in compliance with the electoral laws and principles. This Petition is accordingly dismissed with costs to Nantaba and EC,” Lady Justice Mukwaya ruled.
“This left the Petitioner with no petition, no affidavits and no complaints for this court to determine. This finding renders all other preliminary objections and issues moot. In conclusion, I uphold the preliminary objection. The petition as presented before this court is incompetent and incurably defective and it is hereby struck out with costs to the respondents.” -Lady Justice Mukwaya
The petition was filed by Jacqueline Kobusingye Birungi. Birungi who contested as an independent candidate accuses Nantaba of forging the A-Level results she presented from Mukono Town Academy dated 1998.
On Friday, Nantaba’s lawyer Ambrose Tebyasa raised a preliminary objection on the petition on grounds that it was incompetent. According to Tebyasa, the petition is not supported by the required 500 signatures of registered voters.
The ruling was made by Justice Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya during the hearing of an election petition filed by Andrew Kabugo Kaddu challenging the election of Joseph Mulindwa, the LC III Chairperson of Kasawo town council in Mukono district.
Justice Mukwaya rejected the witnesses after Nantaba’s Lawyer Ambrose Tibyasa cross-examined Nakwede. Nakwede told the court that all the witnesses and supplementary affidavits presented lacked credible evidence to support her claims in the petition.
Henry Wajego, a Village Health Worker-VHT in Wakisi Division Njeru Municipality, says that their area has been receiving several GBV cases but survivors have been missing justice after losing interest in police where they are asked to fund investigations.
Justice Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya on Wednesday threw out the application on grounds that Bandikubi and Sserubugo’s lawyers were not in court. She also based her ruling on the notice of withdrawal that was submitted by Bandikubi and attached to the application.
According to State Attorney Irene Namboozo, the suspects were among the hundreds of residents arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday night from bars, hideouts, and health clubs. Several others were arrested for defying curfew guidelines, which was put in place to control the spread of coronavirus disease.