The office of state attorney in Masindi faces trouble over neglect of a court file MSD CRB 1480-2010 as open Probonal day draw nearer.
The court file in which Jaiden Asaaba, a resident of Kisiita cell, Central Division in Masindi Municipality sued Franklin Kugonza, a commissioner of police over assault that occurred in 2010.
Jaiden says that, since he reported the assault case to Masindi police station and it was sent to DPP’s regional office, the file has never been sent to court and now he believes an opportunity will eventually come on 18th July 2017 when he will report the matter to principal Judge, Yorokamu Bamwine who will preside over Probono day at Masindi Magisterial court premises.
Jaiden says when he met IGP Kale Kaihura early this year at kabalega S.S in Masindi, Kaihura promised to handle his issue. “Kaihura handed me to someone called Jonathan who gave me a telephone number 0717121087 and he promised to call me himself but to date I have never received any call from this number”, he intimates.
After a long struggle that mounted immense pressure on officials in state attorney’s office, Jaiden says on 11th July 2017, he was eventually told that the file had been discovered. On 31st May 2016, Badru Mulindwa, the senior state attorney on behalf of the director of public prosecution instructed the resident state attorney in Masindi to charge commissioner of police, Franklin Kugonza after perusing through the file and found out that there was sufficient evidence for assault case.
Early this month, a clerk to high court judge in Masindi, identified as Florence Kaahwa was suspended from duty due to files that have been missing. In Uganda’s judicial system, it is a common practice for court case files to go missing.
Jaiden believes that, Principal Judge Yorokam Bamwine will be his savior. He says that, the former resident state attorney, Richard Birivunbuka never helped him despite several attempts to seek for necessary assistance from him.
When contacted for a comment, the current resident state attorney was hesitant to speak to media arguing that if Jaiden wanted assistance from his office, it was better for him to treat the matter as personal.