Hearing of Lwakataka’s Case Stalls

Hearing of a case in which Uganda’s rally driver Ponsiano Lwakataka is accused of reportedly assaulting a police constable and threatening violence failed to resume today.

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Lwakataka 38, is accused together his right hand man, 28-year-old Abdallah Mukiibi.

Grade One magistrate Suzan Awidi had postponed the case to September 4th because Akiti Miriam, the State prosecutor, was not feeling well.

The duo is accused of assaulting Kabiito Mikidaadi, a Special Police Constable attached to Sanje Police post in Rakai district. The incident is said to have occurred on 3rd March 2013 at Kanamiti village when the accused assaulted and threatened the officer on duty.

They were charged with four counts including causing grave bodily harm, obstruction of officer on duty, threatening violence and conspiracy to prevent an officer on duty from apprehending suspects who had immature fish.

It is reported that Kabiito lost three front teeth and sustained serious bodily harm in the scuffle. The Constable No.4347 was rushed to hospital for medication and he later filed a case against the duo under file RKI/CRB/194/2014.

During his testimony Kabiito said that Mukiibi used a hummer to hit him on the jaw leaving him unconscious.

However, the accused denied the charges and were later granted bail on their fifth appearance in Kalisizo Magistrates court.

But this morning the case could not resume after the magistrate failed to show up. The prosecution team was present at the court together with the state witnesses.

Grade One magistrate Suzan Awidi who had postponed the case to September 4th did not show up. The defendants as well as their lawyer Hassan Kamba were also not in court.

At the time of filing this report, the prosecution team led by Akiti Miriam had suggested that another date be fixed for the hearing.

Kabiito, the main state witness, was the first to testify in court on 1st August 2014 when the Lwakataka and Mukiibi were granted bail.