Ntege is wanted for obstructing police from arresting Engineer, Robert Kakiiza who was wanted in connection to the infamous LC bicycle scam. In her submission to court this morning, Cingtho explained that they served the RCC four criminal summonses to appear and plead to the charges of obstructing Police Detectives from arresting Engineer Kakiiza but she didn’t show up.
Counsel Francis Habomugisha represents the Deputy RCC Hawa Ntege
Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court has issued
an arrest warrant against the Kampala Deputy Resident City Commissioner, Hajjat
Hawa Ndege. The Buganda Road Court Grade one Magistrate, Asuman Muhumuza issued
the warrant of arrest on Thursday on request from State Prosecutor, Patricia
Ndege is wanted for obstructing police from arresting
Engineer, Robert Kakiiza who was wanted in connection to the infamous LC
bicycle scam. In her submission to court this morning, Cingtho explained that they served the RCC four criminal summonses to appear and plead to the charges of obstructing Police Detectives from arresting Engineer Kakiiza but she didn’t show up.
Ndege’s lawyer, Francis
Habomugisha pleaded with court in vain to extend the summonses. He also claims
that the file regarding his client had clandestinely returned to Buganda Road
Court from the Constitutional Court, adding his client was aware of today's
In his ruling, the Buganda Road
Court Grade one Magistrate, Asuman Muhumuza issued the arrest warrant to compel
the accused to appear before court on March 5th, 2020 for plea
Background to the Matter
Prosecution alleges that on April 25th 2019
while at Embassy house building on Parliament Avenue in Kampala District, Ndege
knowingly obstructed Detective Assistant Inspector of Police Godfrey Onume and
Sergeant, Francis Tayebwa from executing the arrest of Engineer Kakiiza
following his disappearance after being charged with corruption.
charges are connected to the theft of Shillings 4.2
billion meant for the procurement of 70,000 bicycles by the Local
Government Ministry for Local Council and Parish chairperson ahead of the 2011
Kakiiza is said to have messed up the
procurement together with other officials from the Local Government Ministry
leading to a financial loss of Shillings 4.2 billion when the contracted Ammam
Industrial Tools and Equipment Limited –AITEL, a sham company to
His co-accused included John Muhanguzi Kashaka,
the former Permanent Secretary Local Government, Henry Bamutura, the
former Principal Accountant, Timothy Musherure, a Consultant, Samuel
Emorut Erongot, the former Commissioner in Charge of Policy and Planning, Adam
Aluma and the late Robert Tumwebaze.
five were charged and convicted to serve
sentences ranging from one to ten years with the exception of Bamutura who was
acquitted. However, Engineer Kakiiza
went into hiding to the extent that Directorate of Public Prosecution scrapped
his name from the charge sheet after it was reported that he had died.
He was arrested last year with the help of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit
and Intelligence, which closely monitored his movement. It is alleged that the
State House Anti-Corruption Unit received information that Kakiiza was alive
and in constant communication with Ndege.
The State House Anti-Corruption Unit led by Lt.
Col. Edith Nakalema reportedly contacted Ndege to surrender Engineer
Kakiiza to law enforcement to answer charges against him. She however,
reportedly claimed that the suspect had left her office and return on April 29th,
2019 despite the fact he was still in her office.
prompted detectives from the Criminal
Investigations Directorate to swing into action where they found Engineer Kakiiza
with Ndege in her office. She tried to block them from effecting the arrest in
vain. The two were picked up and locked up at Kabalagala Police Station but the
RDCC was released on bond.
The Directorate of Public Prosecutions instituted
the corruption charges against Kakiiza in the Anti-Corruption Court while Ndege
was charged with obstructing officers on lawful duties. However, she has since refused to appear in court to plead to
the charges, which prompted prosecution to request for the arrest warrants.
lawyers told Court last year that Ndege enjoyed immunity from prosecution being
the representative of the President and prosecuting her contravenes the
constitution. They asked court presided over by the Acting Chief Magistrate,
Robert Mukanza to refer the matter to the constitutional court for
interpretation, which was done.
Prosecution filed an appeal against Mukanza's
decision through the Head of the Criminal Division of High Court
Justice, Wilson Kwesiga who called for the file from the Constitutional
Court. On February 10th, 2020, Justice Kwesiga ruled that it
was improper for the Magistrate to refer the matter to the Constitutional
He quashed Mukanza's orders and ordered that the file be
returned to Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate for appropriate action. This morning, Ndege’s
lawyer, Francis Habomugisha told journalists
outside court that Lt. Col. Nakalema and his client are engaged in politics of mudslinging,
which should stop.