Baguma becomes state witness, to be redeployed

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Aaron Baguma embraced by family members and friends after he was granted bail in September 2016

Former Kampala Central Division police commander Aaron Baguma says he is now a state witness in the murder of businesswoman Betty Donah Katusabe.

Baguma was acquitted of murder charges by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mike Chibita, last week.

Baguma told Daily Monitor he will now act as advised by his lawyers since he was the arresting officer of the suspects before he was dragged into the same case.

“I know I shall one time be needed to give some information that would ensure successful prosecution of the offenders. I will be engaging my lawyers and I would act as advised,” he told Monitor.

Baguma was jointly charged with eight others, including Mr Muhammed Ssebuwufu, the proprietor of Pine Car Bond in Kampala, for torturing and causing death of business woman Katusabe over a Shs9m car debt.

Katusabe had bought a vehicle from Ssebuwufu, depositing Shs10 million and leaving a balance of Shs9m.

Redeployment

Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, told Uganda Radio Network [URN] that Baguma is a free man since the DPP dropped charges against him.

“When the DPP dropped charges against the officer, he set him totally free. When you are set free, you are a free man and so is the officer [Baguma],” Kayima said.

He said: “He [Baguma] will use that record to write to the IGP notifying him of the same and the process of redeployment will start.”

According to the Public Service standing orders, once a government employee is cleared of criminal charges or they are dropped, he is supposed to write to the Public Service Commission and be reinstated.

Baguma is also supposed to receive a refund of all his salary that was deducted during his interdiction.

According to Kayima, when DPP prefers to drop the charges, it becomes an issue.

“The constitution gives the DPP these powers to exercise — some people might not be knowing this,” he said while appearing on NBS “Frontline” programme last week.

When IGP Kale Kayihura gets interested in these cases, Ugandans complain, Kayima noted.

He added: “But he is a strategic manager of all these investigations. When you give a dog a bad name, you hang him. I now have a picture of what they want to do; I would caution them — the honour is on all of us to decipher this information. Whatever you’re going to do, go ahead as long as you are within the law.”

Agencies

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