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Court Issues Arrest Warrant to Nup’s Paul Nsubuga over Abscondment from Court and Mobile Phone Theft

Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court yesterday 28th July, issued an arrest warrant against Busiro North MP Paul Nsubuga after he failed to turn up in court for hearing of a case in which he is accused of stealing a mobile phone.

Nsubuga through his lawyer, Ms. Juliet Nampeera told court that he was sick with malaria and was advised by the doctor to rest for three days in order to recover. Ms. Nampeera also tendered in a medical form to support her submission.

However, Prosecution led by Ms. Judith Nyamwiza objected the submission by the accused’s lawyer on grounds that it is not the lawyer’s duty to inform court of the whereabouts of an accused person but rather the duty of the sureties.

“It is the duty of the sureties to inform court the whereabouts of the person they stood for but they have failed to fulfill their duty,” Nyamwiza stated.

 Nyamwiza also stated that the legislator together with his sureties have on several occasions failed to attend court and therefore medical excuses are just games that should not be entertained by court.

The Grade one Magistrate Ms. Sienna Owomugisha concurred with the submission of the state prosecutor and ordered police to arrest Nsubuga and produce him to court by August 12th 2022.

“The failure of the accused person to show up in court is a delaying tactic of the court proceedings. I hereby issue a warrant of arrest against Hon Nsubuga. Police should arrest him on sight,” Ms Owomugisha stated in her ruling.

Ms. Owomugisha also issued criminal summons to Nsubuga’s sureties for failure to produce him to court as well as their failure to attend court sessions.

Prosecution alleges that Nsubuga a resident of Nansana in Wakiso District, on June 3rd, 2019 at Eseria building Nakasero opposite ShopRite, stole a mobile phone that belonged to Nicholas Karuhanga. The phone was valued at Ugx80,000 and was loaded with Shs4.5 million on mobile money.

According to the evidence on Court records, CCTV footage on the building allegedly captured the legislator using his newspapers to cover the alleged phone before stealing it.

 Nsubuga, if found guilty is liable to face a jail term for 10 years in according with section 261 of the Penal Code Act.

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