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Minister Nantaba skips police summons over assassination claims

State minister for ICT Idah NantabaPolice has skipped Police summons to give an account of the Sunday, March 24 alleged attempted assassination (COURTESY PHOTO)

KAMPALA – ICT State Minister Idah Nantaba on Tuesday did not appear for interrogation in relation to the alleged assassination attempt on her life in Kayunga District on Sunday.

Ms Nantaba and her bodyguard were expected to appear at police to record their statements and answer questions from investigators but they did not show up.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said Ms Nantaba, who is also the Kayunga Woman MP, did not explain why she did not turn up.

The incident resulted in the shooting of Ronald Ssebulime, the alleged suspect after he was arrested by police officers.

The incident has since turned out to be controversial. Whereas police had claimed that Sebulime was shot dead after a fire exchange with officers, witness accounts indicate that the deceased surrendered was arrested, handcuffed before he was shot dead. It has since emerged that he was going to visit his two children at St Andrew’s Kaggwa SS, Kabimbiri.

CID officers District spent a better part of Tuesday recording statements from witnesses at the scene of crime in Nagojje Trading Centre, where Sebulime was shot and killed.

Ms Diana Namayanja, a vendor, at whose vegetable stall the minister had parked in Ssinda village along the Kayunga –Mukono highway before the incident, was visited by the officers, who got a statement from her.

She claimed two separate groups of CID officers got statements from her at around 8 am and then 9.30 am.

“I am now living in fear as security people are asking me many questions,” Namayanja said.

Mr Enanga said police’s forensic investigations are assessing whether the gun used in the shooting was owned by the police or not.

He said the test results of the recovered cartridges will be compared with those in the system and the gun the discharged the bullets will be identified.

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