Bakaleke loses court battle, says assassins trailing him

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Siraje Bakaleke

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Siraje Bakaleke, says he is being trailed by assassins with an aim of ending his life.

The announcement comes barely three days after the former Buyende District Police Commander, Muhammad Kirumira was assassinated.

Bakaleke another senior police officer told press on Tuesday that he was receiving death threats and had been receiving life threatening phone calls since June this year.

“Life is under threat by unknown people,” Bakaleke cried out after losing a court battle.

Bakaleke, a former RPC for Kampala East is facing a number of fraud and Embezzlement charges before the Anti-Corruption Court, but his family says he went into hiding following numerous threats against his life.

His wife said Bakaleke even opened a file at Central Police Station [CPS] over death threats but nothing has been done.

“I’m not ready to become a widow. I ask President Museveni and security agencies to give protection to my husband,” the wife said.

On Tuesday, the Civil Division of High Court dismissed an interim application seeking to block his trial together with eight others for fraud, conspiracy to commit a felony, kidnap, abuse of office and obtaining money by false pretence.

High Court judge Musa Ssekaana declined to issue an interim order suspending the fraud trial saying there must be sound reasons expressed in a formal written application for a party to proceed with a case in court without a representative from government.

In his application, Bakaleke had through his lawyers Sarah Nakacwa and Robert questioned the powers of the DPP to prosecute him in a matter where investigations are still on-going.

He said the DPP in a letter dated 22nd/May 2018, confessed that there was no adequate evidence on the file to charge him.

The judge   adjourned the hearing of Bakaleke’s main application to the October 11 with orders that the application and fresh hearing notices be directly served to the office of the DPP who is concerned with the case.

He is expected to appear in court on October 5, 2018 to answer to charges of abuse of office and conspiring with others to steal Shs1.4bn from three Korean investors in February this year.

While praying for Kirumira at Old Kampala mosque, Bakaleke used the opportunity to deny the 12 charges brought against him.

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