The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has dropped murder
charges against Father Richard Mugisha of Bisanje Catholic Parish, Masaka
His lawyer Alexander Lule on Tuesday returned to Masaka Police
station to follow up on Mugisha’s bond when he was told that the DPP dropped
the charges due to a lack of evidence.
weeks ago, Mugisha was summoned following the death of Ronald Kyeyune,
30, a suspected robber who had allegedly broken into the priests’ house.
It is alleged that the suspect was apprehended by the village security team
after allegedly accessing the priests’ residence through the roof.
Members of the village security committee on night patrol arrested him but an
angry mob pounced on him and beat him up leaving him in a critical
condition. The police were called to the scene to rescue the suspect.
For some unclear reason, however, instead of taking the critically injured man
to the hospital, the police decided to lock him in the cell, until he died.
Based on police preliminary investigations, it is alleged that the mob acted on
Mugisha’s command to lynch the suspect.
Mugisha says that much as his name was tarnished he has forgiven
the police and he will not sue them for damages. He further appealed to the
police detectives to avoid mistakes in future.
Muhammad Nsubuga, the Southern Regional Police Spokesperson, says
that they cannot oppose the DPP’s decision. He said that the file was
sent to the DPP for guidance on how to proceed with the case and the decision
taken is respected.
The priest became one of the prominent priests in the region over
his controversial remarks about President Yoweri Museveni’s leadership in
addition to rallying Ugandans to vote for change in the 2021 general elections.
He further attacked Brig Deus Sande, the commander- UPDF Armoured Brigade Unit-
Masaka, for saying that the army was not ready to hand over power to Robert
Kyagulanyi, the National Unity Platform leader, in case he won elections.