Nantaba Snubs Police Summons, Says Museveni Directed Her to Stay Home


President Yoweri Museveni speaks with Minister Ida Nantaba at a previous event.
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State Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Ida Nantaba, has snubbed summons by the Police Directorate of Criminal Investigations Kibuli to record a statement on the death of Ronald Ssebulime, saying President Yoweri Museveni instructed her not to leave her home.

Ssebulime was shot dead by officers of the Uganda Police from Naggalama Police Station on March 24 at Nagojje in Mukono district, on suspicion that he was trailing the Minister with an intention of killing her.

Police was responding to an alert by Nantaba who said she was suspicious after seeing the late following her car for sometime.

Police has since admitted that Ssebulime harboured no such intentions and arrested the officers involved in the murder.

But, despite Ssebulime being exonerated by Police, Nantaba insists he harboured bad intentions.

“Basing on how Ssebulime behaved, the questions surrounding the way he was killed makes me still believe that he was not a good person. If he had no bad intentions, he would have stopped when we stopped him to find out why we were stopping him,” Nantaba said in a video recording recently.

It was against this background that the Director Criminal Investigations invited her at the Kibuli CID headquarters to record a statement in regard to the matter, but she says she is under directives from the President not to leave her home.

“Note however that i am unable to report in person having been directed by His Excellency the President to confine within my premises until he himself instructs otherwise,” wrote Nantaba to the Director Criminal Investigations on Friday.

“In such circumstances, I am constrained to travel to Kibuli CID Headquarters as you requested. But you may in the meantime consider visiting my premises to record the required statement,” she added.

Meanwhile, Ssebulime’s family through their lawyers Muwada and Company Advocates has demanded Shs 9.9bn as compensation for his death at the hands of the State in five days, short of which, the Attorney General, Minister Nantaba and the officers involved are dragged to Courts of law.

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