Renowned celebrated city human rights lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde of the Centre for Legal Aid firm has vowed to press charges on anti-corruption unit head, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema over the illegal detention of the two gentlemen; Peter Ssegane and Jimmy Ssuuna who are accused of ‘encroaching’ on a 5 acres of land linked to Museveni’s Kisozi farm in Gomba district.
According to counsel Ssemakadde, Lt. Col. Nakalema exhibited too much appeasement by arresting and detaining the suspects just because they reportedly annexed property belonging to her boss, the president. Ssemakadde adds that Nakalema’s unit oversteps the real conduit of justice which is the land division of High Court which could handle that particular case.
“Land owners if aggrieved must seek redress from the land division of the High Court, we must not duplicate and multiply processes,” Ssemakadde warns. “She will be sued individually because she is not the first woman Museveni is using to fix land matters. All of them who tried have been sued individually after burning their hands,” he adds.
Ssemakadde relates to a 2015 precedent in which the then Minister for land, Aidah Nantaba faced court wrath when her monthly salary and emoluments were attached to clear the shs 23m debt she was fined following a failed land dispute.
Counsel Ssemakadde however urged Museveni to file his case as an ordinary citizen of the Republic of Uganda with the High Court lands division instead of relying on authoritative parallel units as that of Nakalema. He further adds that Mr. Museveni should be ready to testify against the accused instead of delegating representatives. “He should be ready to tell court how he got that land otherwise nobody will entertain the arbitrary arrests on Ugandans without facing proper justice,” he intimates.
It is not the first time that Counsel Ssemakadde is directly facing off with Museveni in a court battle. The earlier attempt turned fruitless when Museveni declined to testify against Ssemakadde’s client, Stella Nyanzi in a cyber harrassment case at Buganda road court in 2018. This site learnt that Museveni didn’t appear in court because the constitution grants him those powers to abscond court sessions as a serving president of the country.