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State snubs case against Entebbe DP leaders

FILE PHOTO: DP party president Nobert Mao

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | The State on Monday snubbed the hearing of a case in which six Democratic Party leaders are accused of holding an illegal assembly.

In May, police arrested six DP leaders including the Entebbe deputy mayor Richard Ssekyondo and the party publicity secretary in Entebbe Richard Maggwa for holding an illegal rally at Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe municipality.

The other suspects were Solomon Kigongo, Prossy Nakacwa, Sam Kasirye and Musa Matovu.

The leaders, according to the officer in- charge of Nakiwogo police station Richard Rubaale didn’t inform police about the rally.

They were arraigned before Grade One magistrate, Phiona Birungi. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted a non- cash bail of 1 million shillings.

They have since been appearing before Entebbe Grade One for hearing of the case.

However, the state has on several occasions told court that it is still carrying out investigations.

On Monday, the suspects again appeared before court, but the state prosecutor Joan Akello disappeared from the court premises under unclear circumstances.

Birungi wondered why the state prosecutor failed to appear in court.

Birungi adjourned the case to December 2nd. She, however, cautioned that if state fails to conclude investigations, she will be forced to dismiss the case.

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