A 38-year-old man has been charged with threatening to shoot the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Justice Irene Mulyagonja.
Mwebe Enock Bakaki, an IT specialist, appeared before Buganda Road Court Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu where she was charged with two counts of threatening violence and cyber harassment.
Magistrate Kamasanyu ruled that the accused person has to defend himself in respect to the charges.
Court adjourned the case to April 15, for defence hearing.
Prosecution contends that Mr Bakaki on September 22, 2018, threatened to shoot Justice Mulyagonja.
Prosecution adds that Bakaki used a computer to publish a message via email, threatening to kill Justice Mulyagonja using a gun.
State witnesses included Justice Mulyagonja, Mr Joseph Bamwidhukire, an IT official in the IGG office, and a police investigations officer, Mr Emmanuel Mbonimpa.
Mr Bamwidhukire, an IT official in the IGG office, testified that he was contacted by his boss on how the office email system worked. He said he was as well notified of an email that had been received which was threatening the life of the ombudsman.
The investigations officer, Mr Mbonimpa, also testified and said he arrested Bakaki because the threatening email sent to the IGG contained some of his particulars which were linked to the phone number and retrieved from the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) data bank.
He said upon arrest, he searched Mr Bakaki at Wandegeya Police Station and later at his home in Bulabira in Najeera, Wakiso District but found nothing.
He said during interrogation, Mr Bakaki denied having worked in the IGG’s office or sending the threatening emails before alleging that someone might have used his email to send the threats.