Crime & Investigation

Court Dismisses Case Against Besigye’s Driver

One day after Besigye and other opposition members threatened to sue government over what they referred to as malicious prosecution, cure Buganda road grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has Tuesday afternoon dismissed the case of inconsiderate use of Motor vehicle against Besigye’s driver, this site Fred Kato.

In this case, treatment it had been alleged that Kato on May 25th at around 18hrs, parked a white Toyota Landcruiser Reg. No. UAM 661V belonging to Dr Kiiza Besigye in the middle of Nakivubo road, container village, blocking other road users.

The magistrate ruled out that the law states before any accused person is put on his defense, prosecution must bring enough evidence to satisfy court that he committed that offence but this was not done in this case and hence dismissed the case.

She pointed out that state produced only two witnesses who included ASP Moses Sonko, the officer who was in charge of traffic CPS by then and SP Michael Musana who testified but was never cross examined which made his evidence incomplete.

“On 28th may 2015 Sonko testified in court and stated that he saw Kato parking the vehicle in the middle of the road and Rtd Col Dr Kiiza Besigye was seated in the back seat of the car but he never brought any additional evidence like a sketch map of the venue to back up his statements”

The magistrate added this evidence is not enough to find a prema facie case against the accused and therefore set Kato free after dismissing the case.

After being set free, a jolly Kato described this as a great milestone to him who has wasted almost a full year coming to court on fabricated charges.

“Am happy that the truth has come out finally but I have wasted a lot of time and money coming to court for this matter” he said.

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