By Mukose Arnold Anthony
Buganda road court under her worship magistrate Marion Mangen has summoned the suspended Kampala Metropolitan Police South Regional Commander (RPC), Mr . Siraji Bakaleke to appear before this court for cross examination in a case where 2 former jobless brotherhood members are accused him of Cruelty to animals and common nuisance.
The duo allegedly dumped over 9 colored piglets in blue, green and yellow in protest of the Shs200 million which was given to each legislator to purchase their cars on 15th September 2016.
It is alleged that, when the parliamentary police arrested Lutta Ferdinand and Lukwago Joseph the jobless brotherhood members and currently under the alternative, all exhibits including colored piglets, placards and t-shirts were handed over to Bakaleke who later handed them to the Investigating Officer in this matter but ever since the case started the duo has failed to return for cross examinations despite other police officers coming back for the same.
Bakaleke together with the investigative officer in the matter are expected to appear before magistrate Mangen on June 25th after prosecution asking court to adjourn the matter to allow government present her last witnesses who were supposed to appear today and failed to turn up under unclear circumstances.
Defense lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde Kimeze though at first rejected the adjournment, he later gave green light to the prosecution’s prayer after she apologized to court for failure to follow witness summon guidelines.
Kimeze added that soon they will get an account of the where about of his clients’ pigs exhibits.
However he has expressed dissatisfaction over lost morale of the justice and order sector leading to a backlog in courts
“We are yet to be told where our piglets are, we had decided to block the adjournment but after having listened to the apology of prosecution and this being a holy mother of Ramathan, we have decided to to forgive them on conditions that they bring us Bakaleke and his IO as per their promise, we can’t wait to examine them” Counsel Ssemakadde noted
“They are not playing tactical games aimed at procrastination but they lost morale in the service but fear to be axed since this is their source of income which is not good to Ugandans who seek justice” Mr. Ssemakadde dismayed.
“We have requested court to give us a ruling basing on the 3 parliamentary police officers’ who have been examined failure for the remaining witnesses to appear though we’re yearning to examine them” Ssemakade highlighted.