The Director of Public Prosecutions has unconditionally withdrawn all charges that Hon Francis Zaake has been facing in Mityana Court for allegedly violating Covid_19 guidelines.
DPP Jane Frances Abodo Wednesday dropped charges of negligent act likely to cause spread of coronavirus and disobedience of lawful orders against the Mityana Municipality lawmaker.
Zaake was arrested on April 19, for allegedly distributing food relief to people in Buswabulongo, Mityana Municipality.
He was allegedly tortured by the security forces.
Kate Basuuta, the Mityana Resident state attorney on Wednesday told the Mityana Chief Magistrate that the DPP had discontinued prosecution.
She gave no reason for the decision.
“This is to inform court that the director of public prosecutions has decided to discontinue proceedings against Hon Zaake Francis charged with negligent act likely to spread the infection of disease contrary section 171 of the Penal Act and disobedience of lawful orders contrary to section 117 of the penal code act,” reads a withdrawal form signed Ms Abodo.
The six officers he accused of torture were supposed to appear at court, but did not show up.
They were represented by their lawyer, Elias Tumwebaze.
Aaron Kiiza, one of Zaake lawyers said that they are unhappy with the DPP’s decision to withdraw the case.
This is Zaake’s statement:
The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has unexpectedly WITHDRAWN all the charges it had brought against me for delivering food items to some of my constituents.
Remember that it was for these charges that I was arrested and tortured in April.
This case had come up for hearing today at the Chief Magistrates Court of Mityana to.
I never knew that those who tortured me in the guise of enforcing the law would at one point become fugitives, trying to hide from the same law they claimed to have been enforcing.
And yet that is exactly what happened today as Wamala Region RPC Kagarura Bob; Mityana DPC Mwine Alex Mukono; SIU’s Twesigye Hamdan, Elly Womanya, Walugembe Musa, and Oketcho Isaac feared to turn up at Court and instead sent a ‘lawyer’ to represent them in the private Prosecution I initiated against them.
The prosecution of these criminals was supposed to kick off today, but the DPP ambushed us with a letter requesting to be permitted by Court to take over these proceedings before the police criminals have even taken plea! I suspect that the DPP’s intention is to kill off this matter once it takes it over as the State has on several occasions claimed that I tortured myself.
Luckily, my lawyers were alert and managed to stave off the DPP’s ambush. Court was adjourned up to 18th August, on which day the Magistrate will rule upon the DPP’s request. Criminal Summons for the rogue officers have also been extended until then.
Should the DPP take over this matter, I intend to bring fresh charges against the criminals who wanted to end my life.