Otunnu Furious As Magistrate Misses Court Session


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The former UN diplomat was visibly angry. He charged: “It is very unfortunate that no one can tell why the Chief Magistrate failed to turn up for the case and no one can question why.”

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Prosecution alleges that on January 16, 2013, Otunnu with intent to defame President Museveni allegedly made defamatory remarks as he addressed journalists at the UPC party headquarters at Uganda House in Kampala.

He allegedly questioned the deaths of President Museveni’s allies since the Front for National Salvation’s (FRONASA) struggles to date, saying they should be investigated.

The State further claims that on February 28, 2013 Otunnu also ignored a police summon to appear before the Media Crime Department at CIID to justify the claims he accused the President.

It should noted that earlier on Otunnu refused to honour police summons to answer to claims that he had defamed President Yoweri Museveni on a radio station in Lira district in 2010. He later petitioned the Constitutional Court challenging the summons issued under Section 27(a) of the Police Amendment Act.

Otunnu has always maintained that he stands by everything he said concerning Museveni’s heavy footprints in these episodes of atrocities and mysterious deaths and disappearances.

“In truth, rather than me, it is precisely Museveni who should be on trial. Museveni must explain to the people of Uganda and the international community, his role and footprints in these dark episodes, spanning well over three decades,” Otunnu said.

The UPC leader has said that he is determined to press for this as part of a much-needed national process of truth-telling and accountability.


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