State Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Ida Nantaba and the Attorney General risk being sued in relation to the murder of Ronald Ssebulime.
Police officers from Naggalama Police Station shot dead Ssebulime on Sunday March 24 after being alerted by Nantaba that he was trailing her car with an aim of killing her.
Now, through Muwada and Company Advocates, Ssebulime’s Family and dependants have demanded Shs 9.9bn from government to sustain his helpless family in five days or else drag Minister Nantaba, Attorney General and the Police officers involved to court.
In their Notice of Intention to Sue, the lawyers argue that Nantaba “acting on her own and on behalf of government of Uganda as Minister if State for ICT, Republic of Uganda, not only made misleading remarks to Uganda Police, that eventually resulted into unlawful murder of the late Ssebulime Ronald but has continued after the murder to utter illegal, baseless and careless statements to the public and the press, injuring the feelings of the believed family, children and dependants.”
They say that property and money which was possessed by the late is still in the hands of government, adding that Ssebulime survived with four biological children (all minors), aging mother, seven directly dependant biological siblings and other dependants.
“The murder of Ssebulime Ronald has caused gross loss of sustenance on all dependants, totally devastated the feelings and hope of the surviving dependants, has left the family totally helpless whose minimum remedy in tort and law stands at Shs 9,949,000,000,” reads the demand notice in parts.
The family demands that government prosecutes all persons involved in Ssebulime’s murder short of which “we shall commence private prosecution thereof.”
Also, the family says the mental state of minister Nantaba ought to be ascertained since her “continued conduct before and after the murder continue to raise suspicion.”
In other demands, the family wants all the property the late had at the time of his shooting to be returned and be provided with the police report and postmortem report as well as paying the legal fees of Shs 19,000,000.
Meanwhile, minister Nantaba has declined travelling to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Kibuli to record a statement on the matter saying she is under directives by the President to stay within her premises until himself (President) instructs otherwise.