DPP Tells Police To Charge ‘Deadly’ Baguma
Former Kampala Central Police Station commander Aaron Baguma is not at good terms with the society and has not yet enjoyed his office due to many charges put against.
Baguma who was currently dropped from currying out police activities in the recent reshuffle by IGP Gen Kale Kayihura, is wanted before the Buganda road magistrate to answer murder charges.
It is alleged that Baguma had a role in the killing of city businesswoman Ms Donah Katusabe last year over the unresolved Shs9m debt for a vehicle she had bought from Pine car depot, belonging to Mr Muhammed Ssebuwufu (main suspect).
The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita has given the police a two-week ultimatum to produce the controversial former Kampala Central Police Station commander Aaron Baguma, to be charged with murder.
In a letter sent to the director of the police Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) Grace Akullo, the DPP wants Baguma to be produced to court to answer charges murder charges.
“By minute B 146 on the police file you were to prefer charges and produce the suspect to court. To date, the suspect has not been produced to court. I have thus attached an amended charge sheet to include A8 ASP Baguma for your signature,” the DDP wrote.
“You shall have the charges preferred and resubmit the charge sheet for sanctioning,” he added.
Baguma has had his name receive many accusations of brutality mostly on Besigye supporters. He is now on bench following the recent saga in the police where it is accused of severely innocent and unarmed Ugandans.
BGUMA’S HAND IN KATUSHABE’S DEATH
According to the indictment before court, the DPP states that on October 21, 2015 at around 7am, Mr Paul Tasingika (suspect), and three police officers from Central Police Station Kampala went to arrest Katusabe at her home in Bwebajja on Entebbe Road in Wakiso District.
“They booked at Bwebajja Police Post, and then went to her residence where they arrested her and brought her to Kampala. In Kampala, the deceased was not taken to police but, straight to Pine Bond where they found A1 (accused No. 1 Ssebuwufu) and handed her to him.”
Mr Ssebuwufu immediately started assaulting her (deceased) while demanding for his balance. He then informed the police that they would settle the matter with the deceased and the police officers left the victim there. Soon after they left, Mr Ssebuwufu continued assaulting the deceased using a panga [machete], hitting her on the back and thighs while saying if she did not pay his money she was going to die.
The DPP states there is evidence that at about 3pm on the same day, the CPS commander Mr Baguma came to the car bond with other police officers and went straight to Ssebuwufu’s office where they talked to Ms Katusabe and ordered her to pay the accused’s money. He then went to Ssebuwufu’s private office where the two discussed for some time and they were seen going out together.
The DPP says Ssebuwufu escorted Mr Baguma to his vehicle and handed him some money. Before leaving, the DPP states, Mr Baguma told Ssebuwufu to handle the issue of the deceased and call him if he failed.
The DPP further contends that there is also evidence showing that when Mr Baguma was leaving, Katusabe pleaded with him as a police officer not to leave her behind because Mr Ssebuwufu and his colleagues were determined to kill her. The DPP says Mr Baguma ignored the deceased’s pleas and left. She was killed thereafter.
Additional reporting from Daily Monitor