Court Dismisses Charges Against Open Gate FM Presenter

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She asked court to ban Namunyole from practicing in the media. Namunyole pleaded not guilty to the charges. Court scheduled the matter for hearing, but the prosecution failed to present witnesses to testify against the accused.

Mbale Chief Magistrate, Agnes Nantawo has dismissed a case filed by the Butaleja Woman MP; Milly Mugenyi against Beatrice Namunyole, a presenter at the Mbale based Open Gate FM.



 
Mugenyi sued Namunyole, the presenter of the Lunyole program sometime last year for criminal libel and promoting sectarianism contrary to sections 179 and 41 of the Penal code respectively.

 
The MP accused Namunyole of describing her as a comedian, saying while in public she would support the Doko rice scheme phase II project but would turn around and mobilise residents to reject the project, saying it was intended to grab their land.

 

She asked court to ban Namunyole from practicing in the media. Namunyole pleaded not guilty to the charges. Court scheduled the matter for hearing, but the prosecution failed to present witnesses to testify against the accused. 



On Tuesday, Mbale Chief Magistrate, Agnes Nantawo dismissed the charges against Namunyole citing the failure by the prosecution to present witnesses.
 

She explained that although Namunyole took plea last year, no one had come forward to pin her on the accusations. Namunyole welcomed the court decision, saying she is finally free. 

 

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