Buganda Road Court Grade One magistrate Charles Yeteise has dismissed the case against embattled Fr Jancito Kibuuka.
This is after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) informed court that he had lost interest in the case.
Superintendent of police Mark Odongo informed court that he had instructions from the DPP Mike Chibita to discontinue the case. He, however, did not reveal why he had lost interest in the case.
Yeteise closed the file and discharged Kubuuka who had never appeared in court despite two summons having been issued against him.
Kubuuka’s had been charged with charges of committing acts that injured the feelings of Catholics.
According to a complaint filed in court by Kalungu East MP Joseph Ssewungu and a group of lawyers from the Uganda Catholic society led by Jude Mbabali, Kibuuka allegedly uttered demeaning words against the Arch-Bishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and the Gulu Diocese Arch-Bishop John Baptist Odama whom he referred to as crooks while appearing on a local FM radio.
The outspoken legislators also accuse Bishop Kibuuka of continuing to annoy Catholics by donning on vestments (cassocks) and celebrating mass at his Mamre International Prayer centre in Namugongo in a similar way as the Roman Catholic church does yet they have proof that he ex-communicated himself from the said church in october 2016.
However, he never turned up in court attracting court to issue summons against him.
He still failed to turn up in court and instead, a letter from DPP was presented in court by his lawyers.
In the letter written to court by the DPP Mike Chibita, he notified the magistrate his interest in the case and informed him that he intends to take over the case henceforth requesting court to discontinue Kibuuka’s prosecution from private lawyers of the Catholic association and Kalungu East MP Joseph Ssewungu.
However, the letter was rejected by magistrate Yeteise on grounds that Kibuuka’s lawyers had no authority to serve documents originating from the DPP’s office to court.
He thus issued fresh summons to Kibuuka with today being the last day before court took action.