CID Spokesperson Charles Twine says that many people especially those holding public offices are increasingly dodging summons even when they are delivered to them, their personal assistants or their superiors. He cited politicians, officials from different government ministries and departments, security officers, and well-established business persons.
The Criminal Investigations
Directorate is concerned over the increasing failure by bigwigs to comply with
a criminal summons.
CID Spokesperson Charles Twine says
that many people especially those holding public offices are increasingly dodging
summons even when they are delivered to them, their personal assistants or
their superiors. He cited politicians, officials from different government ministries
and departments, security officers, and well-established business persons.
Twine cites Adjumani Chief
Administrative Officer (CAO), Michael Wanje, who has been summoned twice for embezzling
400 million Shillings during his service in Apac district but he adamantly
refused to show up at CID to record a statement. Wanje and four others are
accused of creating non–existing arrears for teachers and health workers.
CID arraigned four officials
before the anti-corruption court on December 15, 2021. They included Paul
Tonney Ekwang- the Chief Finance Officer, Sam Sammy Atim- the Acting District Education
Officer, Patrick Ebony- the Senior Accounts Officer, and Tom Adoko- the Human
“This crime was committed when he
was CAO for Apac but he was later transferred to Adjumani. He was summoned in
December last year and he did not show up. He was summoned again to appear on
January 13, but he did not show up,” ASP Twine explains. A criminal summon is an order
issued to a person to appear to authority or court to attend to a crime or
allegations made against them.
In most cases, a summons is applied for by the
Prosecutor when the accused person doesn’t appear in court where he/she has
been charged. The summons bears the court reference number, signature and seal
of the issuing court clearly indicating the allegations against the accused as
well as the time and date of appearing.
“Whereas this is one of the practices in the
in the criminal justice system, CID has learnt that across-section of people
has deliberately disregarded the summons with the flimsy excuse that they have
appealed the first Opinion of having them charged to Court to the DPP for
consideration of rescinding/reversing the decision,” says ASP Twine.
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CID adds that failure by suspects
to honour summons has contributed to a case backlog. This is a collaboration with
the failure of key witnesses to appear to testify against the accused, police say it
results in case backlog.
Away from Wanje, another person
who defined summons is Joan Asiimwe, who is involved in the embezzlement of
teachers’ money. ASP Twine explains says they are being forced to issue arrest
for warrants for such errant officials since it is the last resort.
Records of CID show 14,825 cases
recorded in the year 2020 could not be investigated to a conclusion due to people
disrespecting summons and witnesses not turning up. Some of the cases where
people were summoned in 2020 but did not show include Gen Henry Tumukunde. He
had been summoned for allegedly meeting army veterans and engaging them in
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.