Friday September 30 2011

Pastors to appeal against audio evidence

By Betty Ndagire & Ephraim Kasozi

Four city pastors who allegedly conspired to malign the leader of Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral Pastor Robert Kayanja, are considering appealing against the court decision to accept State evidence which was not revealed at the start of their trial.
The Constitutional Court directed that prosecution shall reveal to the accused person all the evidence comprising of witness statements and exhibits they intend to rely on during trial in criminal matters.

Through their attorneys, the pastors yesterday asked court for more time to allow them study the ruling for further instructions pertaining the case. “We only received the ruling on Tuesday, in terms of direction. I have conferred with my colleagues to seek for some time to allow us discuss the ruling with our clients to plan for the next course of action,” said Mr Kato Ssekabanja, one of the lawyers, prompting court to adjourn the matter to October 5.

On September 9, Buganda Road Magistrate John Patrick Wekesa accepted the state to submit audio recordings as evidence amidst objection that they were inadmissible, having not been disclosed prior to the commencement of the trial.

The lawyers argued that the evidence brought by radio presenter Mulindwa Mwonge, a witness, was not authenticated by the Broadcasting Council. But Mr Wekesa insisted that it was the duty of the court to evaluate and reach a justifiable decision
The pastors; Moses Solomon Male, Martin Sempa, Michael David Kyazze, and Bob Robert Kayiira, are facing charges of alleged conspiracy to tarnish pastor Kayanja’s name, with allegations of sodomising his believers. &