BY Mukose Arnold Anthony
Buganda Road Court Magistrate Robert Mukanza has on Thursday morning adjourned to 19th June 2019 the mentioning of a defamation case where the Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) president Kazibwe Bashir Mbaziira and three others are charged.
Bagonza Thomas, Hussein Ssegawa, Kazibwe Bashir and Nabuule Beatrice Namukwaya were dragged to court by Pastor Daniel Walugembe of Prayer Center in Katanga for allegedly defaming him over land trespassing and grabbing claims.
Appearing to, the prosecution informed court that, investigations in the matter are still ongoing and need more time.
“The investigations are still ongoing because one of the suspects has not yet respected police summons hence asking for an adjournment” Prosecution informed Court.
Defense led by Counsel Kenneth Ntende dismissed the prosecution’s allegations and said that, state is trying to introduce delaying tactics.
In response, magistrate advised the accused through his lawyer, to comply by in person reaching out to police and address them on the same grounds counsel has told court.
However, by publication, one of the other three suspects was re-arrested at court on alleged orders of the same Pastor for other charges connected to the same land, and he was to be paraded before the LDC Court.
Counsel Ntede referred to the re-arrest as one of the technics, pastor Walugembe is using to silence whoever tries to agitate and voice up for the land in question.