By Job Bwire
Four months after singer Iryn Namubiru’s drug scandal, police is yet to find more evidence to pin her promoter, Kim Twesigye whom she accused of planting drugs into her luggage.
Lucy Kabahuma, the state prosecutor in the case in which Kim is accused of illegal possession and trafficking of illicit drugs told Makindye Chief Magistrates Court Tuesday that police is yet to find more evidence against the accused and therefore she was not ready to prosecute the accused(Kim).
“Your worship, prosecution is not ready to proceed with the matter because police is still tracing for more evidence and witnesses to testify against the accused,” Kabahuma said.
This prompted the trial chief magistrate, Ester Nambayo to adjourn the case that had been fixed on Tuesday for hearing with a warning.
“If the state is not ready to prosecute the accused by the next hearing date, I will dismiss this case for lack of prosecution because it has dragged on for long,” Nambayo warned before fixing November 4 as another hearing date for the matter.
Nambayo’s decision followed Kim’s lawyer, Victor Byemalo’s earlier submission that the defence had applied for the dismissal of the case for want of prosecution.
Tumwesigye alias 'Kim Ueno', a Ugandan music promoter based in Japan, was arrested from his home in Kampala after Namubiru accused him of being the owner of the narcotic drugs which she reportedly carried from Uganda to Japan.
Namubiru was arrested for allegedly being in possession of the illicit drug. For about two weeks, she remained in police custody in Japan but was later released without charges under unclear circumstances.
Following police investigations, Tumwesigye was arrested and charged in June. He denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of sh1m.
Prosecution alleges that on May 1 and May 5 of this year, Tumwesigye was in possession of 2.992kg of metamethaphine contrary to section 47(1) and 60(1) of the National drug policy and Authority. The matter was adjourned to November 4 for hearing.