DPP drops rape appeal against Besigye

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Kibuule shows a newspaper article published after his mother testified against Besigye

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has finally lost interest in the rape case filed against opposition figure Kizza Besigye 12 years ago.

Besigye was tried for allegedly raping Joanita Kyakuwa, a maid in his home.

The appeal challenging the acquittal of Besigye was filed in 2006 after the then High Court judge John Bosco Katutsi acquitted Dr Besigye who was running against President Museveni in the general elections.

DPP appealed against the acquittal of Besigye but failed to follow up the appeal for 12 years.

David Ndamurani, an officer from the DPP’s office, presented a withdrawal notice to court.

“Take notice that the Director of Public Prosecutions, appellant in Court of Appeal criminal appeal No.06 of 2006 arising from original High Court criminal session case No. 149/2005, intends not to proceed with the prosecution of this appeal pursuant to Rule 70 (1) of the Judicature (Court of Appeal) directions,” reads the withdrawal notice of the DPP.

This prompted the presiding assistant registrar Ayebare Tumwebaze to dismiss the case on July 9, 2018.

Kyakuwa had in her testimony told court that between 1997 and 1998, Dr Besigye was her guardian and that she went to live at his home in Luzira in 1997 after her A-Level.

Kyakuwa said her aunt, Sauda Kibirige, was a friend of Winnie Byanyima, the wife of Dr Besigye and that is how she came to live at Dr Besigye’s home.

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