Police in Masaka are investigating claims by the Masaka magistrate, Godfrey Kawesa that he has received life threatening messages over a case he filed against State Minister for Information and Computer Technology, Alintuma Nsambu.
Nsambu was dragged to court by Kaweesa, who accused him of defamation.
The accusations stem from a news conference last year, in which Nsambu accused Kaweesa of soliciting from him a bribe of undisclosed amount money in return for a favorable ruling in a case in which he was accused of issuing a bounced cheque.
Nsambu was found guilty of issuing a bounced cheque of 1.6 million shillings to the Women Enterprises Association of Rakai in 2002. He was ordered to immediately pay back double the amount of money borrowed.
Shortly after the ruling, Nsambu told journalists that the only reason he was declared guilty was because he refused to give Kaweesa a bribe to rule in his favor. He however failed to substantiate his claims prompting Kaweesa to sue him.
Kaweesa reported to police this morning that he has received a number of threatening messages from anonymous callers, some of them demanding that he either drops the case or be ready to die.
The criminal investigations officer, Christopher Rugumayo, says that Kaweesa has lodged in some of the recorded threats which will be used in the investigations.
Nsambu was supposed to appear before court on 29th May 2007 but the hearing was postponed because the High Court Session had been suspended.