Internal affairs says DPC Baguma will be charged  


Odongo addressing press at Media Centre

Hon. Jeje Odongo, the Minister of Internal Affairs says former Kampala Central Police Station Aaron Baguma will be charged accordingly.

Odongo was addressing press in Kampala on Tuesday, giving government position on police activities and actions to be taken.

He said the Ministry of Internal Affairs recognises and upholds the Constitutional role and Independence of the Judiciary.

“In the case of SP Baguma, the DPP has taken up the matter and initiated process of bringing him before courts as required by Law,” he said.

He added: “Government is taking measures to ensure that such incidents are not repeated and nobody shall be allowed to interfere with dispensing Justice.”

According to Odongo, the IGP referred the matter to Police Disciplinary Courts established under section. 52&53 of Police Act for appropriate action.

“I can say categorically he (SP Aaron Baguma) will appear in court and be charged accordingly.”

He said the Professional Standards Unit has investigated the incidents relating to alleged brutality by officers in unprofessional conduct.

“The Constitutional role of Police is to protect life and property, preserve law and order, detect crime and cooperate with civil Authority.”

The Director of Public Prosecution Mike Chibita last week served Baguma with summons to appear before Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court to answer murder charges.

According to the summons issued in August 12, Baguma is expected to appear in court on August 18 this year over the murder of a Kampala City businesswoman.

Chibita said Baguma remains a murder suspect and added he would invoke powers of independence given to his office to make sure the police officer does not operate above the law.

Baguma is one of the suspects in the alleged killing of businesswoman Betty Katusabe at Pine car bond in Kampala on October 21, 2015.

He is lined up to appear in court along with other suspects who are on remand.

They include car dealer and proprietor of the car bond, Muhammed Ssebuwufu, Godfrey Kayiza, a private security guard, Mr Philip Mirambe, a Congolese national, Mr Stephen Lwanga, a businessman and one Mr Paul Tasingika.

Ever since Baguma was indicted by the DPP in December last year, police authorities have failed to surrender the commander.

He was promoted to another rank in February, but was removed from command recently and sent on training.

Baguma’s troubles stem from an October 21, 2015, incident where he reportedly looked on as car dealer Ssebuwufu led assault against Katusabe, ordering her to pay him a Shs9 million debt.

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