The widow of the deceased driver of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has dragged government to court over failure to institute an inquiry into the murder of her husband.
In a suit against the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Jeje Odongo, Ms Alice Mwesigwa said government is constitutionally mandated to appoint a coroner to inquire into Yasiin Kawuma’s murder which she says is unconstitutional.
Kawuma was shot dead in Bobi Wine’s car in Arua last August 13 during the Arua Municipality parliamentary by-election campaigns.
“When Kawuma was killed, he was not serving a death sentence imposed by a competent court and therefore his death is presumed violet and unnatural,” Ms Mwesigwa states in her affidavit to support the application filed through her lawyers of Rwakafuuzi and Co Advocates.
She adds: “Therefore, the Inquest Act requires that an inquest must be held to establish the lawfulness of the death of Yasiin Kawuma.”
Ms Mwesigwa contends that her husband was assassinated by members of the UPDF and police and that his death was not lawful hence the need to investigate it.
Mr Rwakafuuzi said all witnesses in the Kawuma murder have been intimidated by government and that a coroner in the current circumstances is what is needed so that the witness are forced to show up in an open court to testify of what they know about Kawuma’s death.
This matter came up in court on March 11 but the Internal Affairs minister had not yet put in his response, forcing the court to adjourn the hearing to May 3.