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DPP drops murder charges against former DPC Baguma

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mike Chibita has withdrawn murder, robbery and kidnap charges against former Kampala Central Police Station DPC Aaron Baguma.

In a letter dated December 21,  2017 presented by State Attorney Alex Ojok before High Court judge Flavia Ssenoga on Wednesday, the DPP does not mention a reason for discontinuing proceedings against Baguma but only says that the law empowers him to do so.

Justice Ssenoga has now discharged Baguma and fixed the case for hearing on February 05, that is in respect of the other eight accused including the proprietor of Pine car bond Muhammad Ssebuufu.

Baguma,  Ssebuufu and other suspects had been expected to plead to charges of kidnap and  murder of a city businesswoman Donah Betty Katushabe in October 2015 over failure to pay a sh9 million debt, which was money she still owed after a car purchase she had made at Pine Car Bond .

Baguma had been accused of neglect of duty as a person in authority who allegedly noticed Ssebuufu and the group torturing Katshabe, and refused to rescue her.

Meanwhile Katusabe’s family members reacted to the DPP’s decision with disappointment but promised to push on with the civil case. They say they will push on to ask court to compel  Baguma and his co-accused persons compensate them for the loss of  their relative’s life expectancy.

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