The charges gave been dismissed want of prosecution when the state attorney Joy Apolot asked the court to be given time to produce other witnesses she had summoned.
Development Center-LDC court has dismissed a case in which two activists were
accused of inciting violence by dropping a casket demanding the immediate
resignation of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr. Diana Atwine.
Ojobile and Sharif Kawooya were arrested in August from Kasubi and Kawempe
respectively. The coffin had
placards with words attacking Dr. Atwine. “COVID-19 is not a profit venture,”
read on the placards.
On Tuesday, the Grade One Magistrate Marion Ninsiima dismissed their case after
repeated adjournments due to the prosecution’s failure to adduce the required
evidence against the suspects.
State Attorney Joy Apolot had asked the court for more time to produce other
But Ninsiima rejected the request on grounds that the case has been in court
for a year and the state had failed to produce any of the witnesses before
the court whenever needed.
She also said that the actions of the State were wasting the court's time and
delaying justice for the accused.
Since November, the case has been adjourned four times. The case
was adjourned to January 11 after the prosecution said that it had not
completed investigations into the case.
In January, it was adjourned twice after the prosecution failed to produce
Atwine in court.
Atwine was given the last chance to appear in court and testify in the case or
else the case would be dismissed.