Lukwago, Odonga Otto Face Arrest

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Prosecution alleges that Otto and Lukwago and others still at large onApril 20th 2007 at Kampala Road, conspired to commit a felony by refusing to comply with traffic regulations given by a police officer in uniform.

Buganda Road Court has issued criminal summons against Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Aruu County Member of Parliament Odonga Otto for failing to show up in court.

The summons were issued by Chief Magistrate Vincent Mugabo, after the duo failed to appear in court on Monday morning in respect to the traffic charges they are facing before the same court. Lukwago allegedly committed this offense while he was still the Kampala Central MP.

MP Otto faces another charge of assaulting a police officer.

The summons issued requires the two opposition leaders to appear in court on January 5, next year. Should they fail, court will be forced to issue warrant of arrest for them.

The duo was arrested on April 20th 2007 after they defied police orders not access the cordoned off Constitutional Square to hold public a rally during the anti Mabira give away protests. Prosecution alleges that Otto and Lukwago and others still at large on the same date at Kampala Road, conspired to commit a felony by refusing to comply with traffic regulations given by a police officer in uniform.

The charge sheet also indicates that on April 20th 2007 while at Central Police Station in Kampala, Otto assaulted a police officer identified as Emmanuel Muhairwe thereby occasioning actual bodily harm.

The state prosecutor Julius Tuhairwe moved court to issue criminal summons saying it was not the first time the accused failed to show up in court.

The lawyer for the accused, Chrysostom Katumba, pleaded with the court to give his clients another chance saying they were out of the country on official duties in vain.