Case against Minister Otafiire’s opponent flops again


The hearing of a case in which the embattled NRM flag bearer for Ruhinda constituency in Mitooma district Rtd. Capt. Dononzio Mugabe Kahonda who is accused of forgery flopped after witnesses from the UPDF failed to turn up in court.

Kahonda trounced Justice and constitutional affairs minister Maj. Gen.  Kahinda Otafiire in the October 2015 NRM party primaries while on remand at Kirinya prisons on accusations of uttering documents and using false academic qualification while joining the UPDF military academy in Jinja and fraud.

However, the Jinja resident state attorney Grace Nabagala told the Jinja Grade one magistrate, Caroline Kabugo Byakutaaga, on Friday that the witnesses from the UPDF didn’t turn up to testify against Kahonda alias Mutabazi Levan Dickson.

She consequently asked court to adjourn the case to January 20, 2016.
Mr Caleb Mwesigwa, Kahonda’s lawyer accused the state of being  ill prepared by pretending to be still investigating the case.

At least three witnesses have so far given their testimonies in the case.

Mr Patrick Batukura, the former head teacher of Kahonda at St. Francis  Buhunga High school, Buhunga sub-county in Rukungiri district where he sat for his ‘O’ level was quick to identify the accused as Mugabe Dononzio  Kahonda saying he was one of his students in 1997 to 2000, from senior one to four.

According to Mr Batukura who has already testified in court, Mr Kahonda was the head prefect, a good athlete, a scout and well-behaved then.

Mr   Milton Rwabushija, the second witness and senior registrar at the National teachers college-Kabale told court that they were approached by Patrick Basuka, a police officer from CIID headquarters to respond to Kahonda’s alleged forgery and impersonation charges.

Mr  Rwabushija  said Kahonda has never studied at their college but records  indicate Dickson Mutabazi as their former education student.  Mutabaazi’s original copy of diploma bearing his photograph was presented in court as well as a copy of his passport.

Meanwhile Mr Bruce Ariho, the head teacher of Kabale Trinity college denied knowing Kahonda saying his names don’t appear anywhere in their records but Mutabaazi was their true student from 1997 to 1998 when he  sat for his UACE at Kabale hall as the school had not by that time secured an examination centre number.

Capt  Kahonda said he has never studied at Kabale Trinity College or Kabale NTC and accused Otafiire whom he trounced in the NRM primaries for politically motivating the case.

Capt Kahonda said he went to Nyakishojwa P/S and St. Francis Buhunga High school in Rukungiri for his O level education.  He went to Makerere institute for social development for a certificate in Business administration and at Makerere Business School for a diploma in Business administration.


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