The teenage boy who in early September jumped off the five storied Mabirizi Complex in Kampala in what was believed to be a suicide attempt has been charged in court and sentenced to a caution.
The presiding Buganda road court Chief Magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu Kamasanyu also ordered that the 17-year old Mustafa Lule be taken to a rehabilitation centre instead of prison.
Shortly after the court proceedings James Alemi, a well-wisher and owner of a Land Rover garage in Najjera, a Kampala surburb said: “Victory!!!!! Buganda Road Court has given Mustapha Lule a caution after his suicide attempt failed and also adviced him to undergo rehabilitation and thereafter given a skill that can make him earn a living.”
Further, Alemi wrote in his facebook wall saying: “Thanks to the IGP, cops at CPS and her worship the judge who made this wonderful ruling. Last but not least, Pastor Joshua who continuously spoke words of hope to Mustapaha Lule and the mother. Million thanks to all the media houses ….”
Shortly after Mustapha was discharged from Mulago Hospital where he had been admitted for two weeks, police said they would charge him because attempted suicide is a misdemeanor, according to Uganda’s penal code.
However, when he reported to Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala, police given him bond and asked him to write a letter apologizing to the Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura, the owner of the car on which he landed at Mabirizi complex and Ugandans at large.
However, police was widely criticized for retracting on its earlier statement and consequently bowed to pressure to formerly charge Lule.