DPP drops case against Akena


Jimmy Akena addressing journalits

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mike Chibita, has asked Buganda Road Court to drop the trial of UPC party president, Jimmy Akena.

Akena is charged alongside 14 other people, including fellow legislators Mr Maxwell Akora (Maruzi County – Apac), Mr Fred Ebil (Kole County) and Ms Betty Amongi (Oyam County) for trespassing on Uganda House.

Prosecutor Emily Ninsiima yesterday presented to grade one magistrate, Mary Kaitesi Lukwago, a letter from the DPP saying he had decided to discontinue proceedings against Akena and fourteen others charged with criminal trespass.

Milton Obote Foundation lawyers Mulema Mukasa and David Sempala, protested against the withdrawal saying the DPP never followed the legal requirements in the process.

The lawyers said they have six witnesses and were ready to commence with the trial

Sempala said the move would encourage perpetuation and contempt of court among the members of the society.

Magistrate Kaitesi was prompted to adjourn the matter to January 15, 2016 when court will determine whether to commence prosecution.

Prosecution alleges that on or about June 5, the accused and others entered upon the property of Milton Obote Foundation and Uganda House investments Ltd at Uganda House without lawful authorisation with intent to commit an offence and to intimidate, annoy and insult the property owners, managers and other lawful users.

It further states that the accused persons and others at large violently and forcefully entered upon and took over possession of the 6th floor of the said property.

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