The District Police Commander (DPC) for Ntungamo, Mr Bushaija Hannington is in hot soup over allegations that he commanded the forcible entry and malicious damage of property at the home of a top UN Diplomat.
Bushaija, together with siblings and a group of other people at large are said to have attacked the home of Mr Gaston Bashobora, a resident of Nyakarcete Cell, Rwamagando Ward, Rwamabondo Town Council, in Ntungamo District, who currently works with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).
The Diplomat through his lawyers of Interlink Associated Advocates, accuses the DPC of leading the group in the attack on his home that occurred on the 23rd of November at around 3 pm.
“Our client has intimated to us that on the 23rd day of November 2023, at about 15:00 hours, his home was attacked by his brother Aryatureeba Frank aka Ruguza Frank, his sister Besigye Kellen, his father Remegio Ruguza and other unidentified men led by the DPC Ntungamo District,” the letter dated November 24, addressed to the Rwizi Regional Police Commander reads in part.
It is further alleged that during the attack, the group commanded by the DPC, in particular, broke into the house and vandalized the CCTV System before making away with the system decoder, purportedly to destroy any evidence of the incident.
“The DPC also carried away our client’s suitcases containing his personal documents. Our client is yet to reach his house to ascertain what is missing in his house. The DPC arrested our client’s servants, namely David Okoth, ‘Turinawe Deus, Samuel Kanyesigye and our client’s brother Richard Kabonero who are currently being held at Ntungamo Police Station on trumped-up charges of threatening violence,” the letter reads further.
The actions of the DPC according to the lawyers, amount to the unlawful eviction of Bashobora from his house and the displacement of his family without valid court orders. They, therefore, requested the RPC to swiftly intervene and have the DPC disciplined for his unlawful acts.
“The purpose of this letter thus is to request as we hereby do that you intervene and prevail on the DPC-Ntungamo District to stop taking the law into his own hands and to procure the release of our client’s servants and also to direct the police officers to vacate our client’s house and cease the unlawful occupation of our client’s home and restore sanity in our client’s home,” the lawyers urged the Regional Police Commander.
The RPC acknowledged receipt of the petition and directed the accused DPC to “involve stakeholders and handle the matter professionally.”
Further information indicates that Bashobora’s family is currently battling a land wrangle case which is registered at Mbarara High Court, under Court civil suit no. 76 of 2020 arising from Administrative Cause No. 29 of 2020.
Despite the suit being set for a court hearing on December 14, 2023, the plaintiffs in the case including the UN diplomat Gaston Bashobora have already been arrested on charges of criminal trespass into the properties on the estate and have since been remanded.
Their attempts to secure bail returned futile and have to wait until December 11 when they will return to court for a bail hearing, two days before the hearing of the court case at Mbarara High Court.