The officer in charge of Kalungu Police Station in Sembabule, who was allegedly assaulted by the Member of Parliament for Lwemiyaga, Theodore Ssekikubo in the 2006, wants the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to withdraw from his court case.
The police officer, Tonny Lukongwa, has filed an application for the withdrawal of Richard Butera the DPP, with the Masaka Chief Magistrate's Court. Lukongwa says he does not believe that Butera will adequately represent his case in court.
Theodore Ssekikubo is accused of assaulting the Tonny Lukongwa during the 2006 youth elections in Sembabule. He allegedly withdrew a loaded pistol in a scuffle with the police officer and pointed it at him. Later the MP ran away with a ballot box.
Ssekikubo said his actions were done in good faith, to protest against rigging in the elections.
Lukongwa's lawyer, Macdusman Kabega, reminded the court on Monday that the DPP dropped the assault case when it was initially filed shortly after the 2006 general elections. He said a police officer has the constitutional right to seek legal redress elsewhere if he thinks the DPP will not act in his interests.
Alex Michael Ojok, the Principal Resident State Attorney in Masaka, said he received orders from the DPP to take over the assault case against Ssekikubo. He asked court for time to consult on the new appeal against his boss.
The Masaka Chief Magistrate, Moses Katorogo, said he will rule on the matter when the case returns to court on February 10th.