The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita has this morning dropped charges against Ronald Poteri, a police officer who had been accused of leaking confidential information by the inspector general of police Gen Kale Kayihura.
This was after the DPP’s representative Lillian Omara handed to court a withdraw note of how the state had lost interest in the case. The DPP did not give reasons for the decision.
The good news for Poteri unfolded when the matter came up for a retrial following the recent High Court land mark ruling that quashed earlier proceedings held in camera by Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Lillian Bucyana.
The recordings that had landed the police officer in trouble were part of the 87 tapes of different persons interviewed in an investigation into an alleged plot to assassinate Gen Kayihura.
Police records indicated that the police officer gave the recordings in question to Jacqueline Mbabazi, the wife of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.
Jacqueline Mbabazi later revealed to the press that Gen Kayihura was, ‘in the recordings’ coaching youth to incriminate her husband Amama Mbabazi as having ambitions to replace President Museveni in 2016 general elections.
The state had alleged that in March this year at the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) headquarters in Kampala, Poteri, being in possession of an official secret entrusted to him as a person holding an office of the government of Uganda, did pass on this confidential information to persons not authorized to receive it.
Shortly after the state dropped the charges against him, Poteri undertook to institute a civil suit against government for maliciously prosecuting him with charges that they can’t sustain.
In the preliminary stages of this case, Buganda Road Court on the request of the state, barred journalists from covering the proceedings on grounds that the nature of evidence available, once publicized could cause disorder in police and Cabinet.