Opposition youth who sued police chief Kale Kayihura for beating Kizza Besigye supporters; have withdrawn the case from Makindye Chief Magistrates Court.
The youth identified as; Joseph Kaddu, Andrew Ssebitosi and Rogers Ddiba have written to the Makindye Chief Magistrate, Richard Mafabi, in a letter dated August 25, saying they have lost interest.
“We the undersigned as complainants in the above mentioned case, we wish to state that we have unconditionally withdrawn our complaint against Kale Kayihura,” the youth wrote.
“We are doing this voluntarily without being forced as a result of our convicts that the case has no merits.”
Earlier, they told press in Kampala that they were not beaten by police and that they had been bribed to tarnish the police image.
“The main purpose of this communication is to notify you that following our withdraw of the case, we request that you do not proceed with the case, we understand that you have taken over the matter and its it is in the interest of justice that you accordingly follow up on the necessary procedures following the development,” the youth directed their lawyers.
They explained that there is no longer any cause for pursuing the matter in court hence were withdrawing their lawsuit.
In the early days of the case, more than 30 lawyers who had prepared to prosecute Kayihura over police brutality quit after being intimidated by Gen. Kayihura’s lawyers, according to the lead lawyer Abudallah Kiwanuka.
Hooligans believed to be mobilised by General Kayihura and Kabalagala DPC besieged Makindye Magistrate’s Court where Gen. Kayihura was expected to appear and face charges of torture.
Kayihura did not show up over unclear reasons.
At court, the goons tried to lynch Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and other lawyers who wanted to prosecute Kayihura by way of private prosecution.
Some of the lawyers’ cars were vandalised.
Kayihura and seven other senior officers were summoned by court in July to appear and answer to torture charges slapped against them for beating Besigye supporters.
The other senior officers wanted in court on that day are Andrew Kaggwa (Kampala South Regional commander), James Ruhweza (head of operations, Kampala Metropolitan), Samuel Bamuziibire (Kampala Metropolitan Field Force Unit commander), Patrick Muhumuza (operations commander of Field Force Unit, Kampala Metropolitan South), Wesley Nganizi (Regional police commander, Kampala North), Geoffrey Kaheebwa (Deputy Regional Police Commander, Kampala South) and Moses Nanoka (Wandegeya Division police commander).