Crime & Investigation

Kasibante Acquitted of Unlawful Assembly Charges

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more about geneva;”>Kasibante was temporarily jailed for participating in what police described as “illegal assemblies” and opposition riots in the central region before being granted bail.

Buganda Road Court Magistrate Simon Kintu Zirintuusa ruled Thursday that prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the lawmaker committed the offences.

The magistrate said prosecution could not provide evidence to prove that Kasibante, through expressing his discomfort, incited violence.

On holding an unlawfully assembly, the magistrate stressed that prosecution failed to adduce enough evidence pinning Kasibante “as no body from the neighbourhood at the scene was brought to testify.”


Zirintuusa further said state did not tender any audio or video recording as evidence to justify its claims.

Kasibante later told Chimpreports the charges were politically-motivated and that they were bound to collapse.

The development sheds light on state’s inability to collect evidence to facilitate prosecution of suspects.

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