Buganda Road Court has issued criminal summons against Worker’s MP, Dr Sam Lyomoki after he failed to show up in court to answer to charges of disobeying lawful orders.
The charges result from the alleged comments he uttered in connection with the death of former Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.
Lyomoki is alleged to have said that the police had made a fake report on the cause of the Mp’s death. He is also facing another charge of failure to appear before a police officer as directed contrary to the Police Act.
The summonses were prompted by state attorney Nelly Asiku who informed court that the MP had not showed up in court and there was no explanation to that effect.
However, a few days ago, the MP through his lawyer Abdu Katuntu, asked court to halt charges against him until the Constitutional Court determines section 27(a) and 117 of the Penal Code which are being contested by UPC’s party president, Olara Otunnu.
Katuntu explains that Otunnu had filed a petition challenging the constitutionality of the above sections and his client’s charges fall within the same bracket.
Lyomoki’s legal battles arose from his alleged failure to appear at the Kireka based Special Investigations Unit (SIU) where he was needed for questioning over comments he made regarding the postmortem report y the police on Nebanda’s death.
Prosecution alleges that on January 14 this year, Dr Lyomoki ignored police summons issued by the Deputy Director CIID, Geoffrey Musana that required him to appear before SIU to assist them in the investigation of a case that involved inciting violence.
Accordingly, Grade One Magistrate Simon Kintu, issued the criminal summons requiring the law maker to appear in court on Wednesday November 13, 2013.