Lwakataka Drags Government To Court, Demands Shs40bn
By Serestino Tusingwire
Rally ace Ponsiano Lwakataka has taken the government to High Court for his imprisonment and prosecution following the murder of nine members of a pastor’s family in Rakai District.
Lwakataka sued the Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Inspector of Police Twaha Semanda of Masaka whom he accuses of masterminding and maliciously framing murder charges against him.
Lwakataka contends that on September 9, 2014, he was arrested by the defendants (Semanda and the AG) and maliciously, without a reasonable cause charged before the High Court of Masaka with the murder of nine people.
“The defendants improperly brought baseless allegations against me to see that they secure a conviction but were let down by a one Asuman Muddu who was a co-accused,” reads part of the claim.
Lwakataka claims that the defendants mechanically set Muddu to pin him in the murder charges but were let down when he confessed to being bribed by prosecution if he testified against him.
Lwakataka claims that as a result of his arrest and prosecution, his reputation as a rally driver and businessman dealing in fish was injured.
“I was put to considerable trouble, inconvenience, anxiety and expense and suffered loss and damage due to such flimsy and mechanically set charges against me,” Lwakataka claims.
He now wants damages of Shs40bn for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
The court’s deputy registrar Alex Ajiji ordered Attorney General and Deputy Assistant Inspector of Police Semanda to file their defence in court within 15 days from the date of filing of November 14.