By Hillary Kiirya
Lt. Gen. Salim Saleh and Kampala businessman Kwame Ruyondo have received summons to testify as prosecution witnesses in the junk helicopter case in which Emmanuel Katto is charged with offering a sh1.4b bribe to Saleh.
Saleh, who received his summons on Friday, said on phone, â€œI received and signed for my summons on 7th and I will be in court on April 22 as required. But I am right now rushing to class.â€ He was served by a CID officer at the Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka in Jinja, where he is attending a senior commandersâ€™ course.
Ruyondo, who also received his on the same day, said, â€œI have no option but to appear in court on that day because the summons clearly state that, â€˜you are hereby commanded to attend court.â€™ This leaves me no room but to be there.â€
The summons, signed by the Buganda Road Court Chief magistrate, reads, â€œYou are hereby commanded to attend court on the 22 day of April 2005 at 9:00am in the forenoon or soon thereafter as the case can be heard, as a witness in the above case. This summon has been issued on application of prosecution.â€ Katto is facing corruption charges before Margaret Tibulya.
Court sent out the summons after the prosecution said inquiries into the allegations were complete. Katto is represented by Bob Kasango.
When the serving officer was asked about the other witnesses in the case, he said, â€œIt is always the procedure of court that only two witnesses are summoned for every court sitting. The others are there but you will come to know them when the right time comes.â€