KAMPALA – The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita has dropped murder charges against former Central Police Station commander Aaron Baguma.
Without giving reason, the DPP through the State Attorney Michael Ojok told court that the law gives him powers to discontinue criminal proceedings against an accused person and that he was thus withdrawing the case against Baguma.
Justice Flavia Anglin Ssenoga henceforth discontinued the case against Baguma after receiving the DPP’s December 21 dates letter .
The discontinuing of the case follows the disappearance of his case file.
It ought to be remembered that last month, State prosecutor Fatuma Nakafeero requested court for more time on grounds that the file on which Baguma is charged together with Pine car bond proprietor Muahmmad Ssebuufu had disappeared.
The case was thus adjourned to January 9 only for the prosecutor to return with instructions to drop the charges instead of returning with the case file like promised earlier.
Meanwhile, Baguma’s co-accused will return to court on February 5th for their trial.
Baguma together with Ssebuufu and his body guards was facing charges of kidnap, murder and robbery of businesswoman, Donah Betty Katusabe, in October 2015 over an accumulated sh9m debt after she purchased a car from Pine Car Bond in Bugolobi, Kampala.
Baguma had defied the summons to appear in court until the DPP put his foot down. But the apparent change of goalposts by the DPP to let the controversial police commander off hook before even the trial starts will leave the question marks against the commitment of the DPP in delivering justice in the matter.