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DPP withdrawals murder charges against minister Nantaba


Tuesday September 10, 2019

The Director of Public Prosecutions has withdrawn murder charges against State Minister for Information, Communication and Technology Idah Nantaba and three others, with whom they were on trial for the death of one Ronald Sebulime.
In a withdrawal letter to the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Mukono, dated September 9, 2019, the DPP, Justice Mike Chibita, does not cite any reasons for the withdraw of the charges since the constitution gives his office the mandate to withdraw criminal charges against an accused person at any stage of a criminal trial apart from when a given matter is pending judgment.
"This is to inform court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided to discontinue proceedings against Erios Nantaba Idah, PC Ronald Opira, PC Ronald Baganza and PC Edward Cherotich charged with murder," reads the withdrawal form in part.
The minister had initially been summoned by Mukono Chief Magistrates' Court to appear on July 15 and plead to the murder charges.
The DPP spokesperson Ms Jane Kajuga who confirmed the development said they were yet to go to court to tender in the document as required by the law.
Ssebulime who was riding a motorbike was arrested and handcuffed before being shot dead by police on March 24, 2019, on suspicion that he wanted to assassinate the minister, an act that caused a public uproar.