Crime & Investigation

Court Pushes Otunnu’s Defamation Case to May

search geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Kintu adjourned the matter citing the absence of the Chief Magistrate, and Araali Muhiirwa, who is in charge of Otunnu’s case.

Prosecution alleges that Otunnu on January 16, 2013 while at UPC headquarters at Uganda House, with an intent of defaming president Museveni, questioned the deaths of what he called “Museveni’s allies since the Front for National Salvation’s (FRONASA) struggles to date calling for an investigation into the matter”.

It is alleged that in his speech, Otunnu claimed that the government of Museveni is tainted with the blood of his former FRONASA comrades Andrew Lutakome, Francis Ayume, the former Speaker of parliament, Noble Mayombo, the former Permanent secretary ministry of Defence and later on, Cerinah Nebanda, the former Butaleja district MP.

According to prosecution, the statements were made to draw hatred against the person of the President.

Prosecution also accused Otunnu of failing to obey lawful police summons issued on April 28, that were signed by Emmanuel Mbonimpa, the Officer in charge of Media Crime at Kibuli CID headquarters.


When he appeared before court, Araali Muhiirwa, the Buganda road court Grade one magistrate released Otunnu on a non cash bond of Shs 20m.

His sureties, Mathias Nsubuga, the DP secretary general and Professor Edward Kakonge, the UPC chairperson executed a non cash bond of Shs 40m.

Unlike other occasions when Otunnu has been reluctant to respond to court summons, this time, he appeared in court with his lawyers led by Nicholas Opio from Onyango and company advocates.

He will return to court on May 2, 2014.

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