The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has withdrawn murder charges against the state minister for ICT and National Guidance, and Kayuga woman Member of Parliament Idah Nantaba and three others with whom they were on trial for the death of one Ronald Sebulime.
The minister had initially been summoned by Mukono Chief Magistrates’ Court to appear on July 15 and plead to the murder charges.
Ssebulime was on March 24 2019, arrested and handcuffed before being shot dead by police on suspicion that he wanted to assassinate the Minister.
Nantaba had reportedly tipped Police that she was being trailed by two men riding a grey Suzuki sports bike in a threatening manner. She reportedly said that the suspected assassins had trailed her for a distance of 40 kilometres from Sezibwa Bridge up to Naggalama Trading Centre, prompting police to pursue them.
In the aftermath, three Police Constables Ronald Opira, Edward Cherotich and Ronald Baganza were sued for the shooting that claimed Ssebulime’s life.
Ssebulime’s family through their lawyer Muwada Nkunyingi petitioned the court to institute a private prosecution against the minister and the three police officers on grounds that they were accomplices to the murder.
On Monday, the DPP, Mike Chibita wrote to the Chief Magistrate’s court in Mukono to discontinue the trial.
The DPP advised the police to try the police officers in the Police Disciplinary Unit instead since their commander, Corporal David Ssali had confessed to the crime and a ballistic report proved that it was his gun that was used to kill Ssebulime.
“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.