Ssebulime Murder: DPP Drops Charges Against Minister Nantaba

State Minister of ICT, Ida Nantaba.

The office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has dropped murder charges against State minister for Information and Communication Technology, (ICT) Aidah Elios Nantaba.

Nantaba has been under investigation after the murder of Ronald Ssebulime, who was reportedly gunned down after the minister made reports to police that she he was allegedly trailing with a plan to murder her.

The Police admitted that Ssebulime was wrongfully killed by their officer.

The family of the late Ssebulime dragged Nantaba to court in connection with his murder. Through their lawyer, Muwada Nkunyingi, the family, led by the deceased’s sister Sylvia Nakayita, also sued two police officers and the minister’s body guard.

Mukono court summoned Nantaba over the suit, but she snubbed the summons.

According to the court summons signed by the Mukono chief magistrate, Juliet Hatanga, Nantaba was wanted together with police constables, Ronald Opilo, Ronald Baganza and Edward Cherotich.

The four were being accused by Ssebulime’s sister Nakayita of murder contrary to section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act and giving false information to a person employed in public service contrary to section 115 of the Penal Code Act.

Hatanga had ordered the suspects to appear before court on July 15 but Nantaba and the co-accused didn’t appear.

Ssebulime was gunned down in cold blood on March 24, 2019 at Nagojje trading centre in Mukono district after Nantaba raised false alarm that he was trailing her vehicle on a motorcycle with intentions of harming her.

The deceased was arrested, handcuffed and dumped on a police patrol truck. He was later pulled off the truck and shot to death at close range.

When court first sat for mentioning of the case, only Corporal David Ssali, who admitted to have pulled the trigger, appeared before court. Nantaba had earlier on repeatedly ignored police summons to record a statement about the incident.

DPP, Mike Chibita has not given reasons why his office has lost interest in the case.

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