KAMPALA: Embattled rally driver Ponsiano Rwakataka has dragged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to court saying the police have refused to return his pistol which he claims to have got legally.
In his suit, Rwakataka claims that he has been the holder of a fire arm CZ 75 9 MM No. AKO50 since 2001 and that without hearing his side of the story, then IGP Kale Kayihura caused it’s confiscation last year.
“I never misused the firearm in one way or the other for the period I have been holding it.” Reads in part Rwakataka’s suit.
He continues: “I am a prominent businessman and a professional rally driver and to my dismay, the fire arm was removed from me by the respondent (Police and Inspector General of Police) without hearing my side and without justification yet I was paying tax.”
Rwakataka further states that during investigations into his alleged involvement in the murder of a family of nine people in Rakai, it was established that he never misused the said pistol which was exhibited on arrest.
In December 2016, Masaka High Court acquitted Rwakataka who was facing charges of murder. The State witness, Asuman Muddu backtracked on his evidence saying a certain police officer had coached him to implicate Rwakataka, thus weakening the case.
Through his lawyers of Sanywa, Wabwwire and Co Advocates, Rwakataka wants court to declare that the he is entitled to have his pistol back.