The family of the late Ronald Ssebulime has sued Ida Nantaba, the information Communication and Technology State Minister together with three police officers for causing his death.
According to the suit, Ssebulime’s sister, Sylvia Nakayita accuses the minister of providing false information to police officers that led to his death.
Ms Nakayita through the family lawyer, Muwada Nkunyingi also accuses Nantaba of failing to respond to police summons to record a statement over Ssebulime’s death.
“That the 1st [Nantaba] has shunned all Uganda police summons and only this honorable court can issue summons or issue warrant of arrest against her,” reads the suit in part.
The family also wants police constables Ronald Opiro, Ronald Baganza and Edward Cherotich prosecuted for their involvement in Ssebulime’s murder.
“That I have since personally and as the family of the late Ssebulime raised our concerns to the DPP and Uganda police force over the failure to prosecute the suspects…” the complaint reads in parts.
Corporal David Ssali who is said to have directly shot the deceased has been appearing before Mukono Magistrates Court. The complainant accuses the three officers for assisting Ssali to execute unlawful mission.
“…smartly dressed in Uganda police uniform and driving on a patrol ‘999’, with malice ignored his cries and assisted a one Ssali Dvaid to shoot and jointly made a false report thereafter,” the suit reads further.
The family members who showed up at Mukono Court were dressed in T-shirts inscribed with “Justice for Sebulime “expressed their dissatisfaction, saying they need court to console them with justice.
Mr Nkunyingi said police are yet to arrest Ms Natanba who wrongfully fed them with false information leading to the shooting of the deceased.
Ssebulime was shot dead on March 24, 2019 at Nagojje Trading Center in Mukono District after Ms Nantaba called police claiming he was trailing her on a motor bike with the intentions of killing her. The deceased, who was on his way to visit his children at school, had been apprehended by police and bundled on police patrol.
He was later pulled off the vehicle and shot in cold blood.