The Buganda Road Magistrates’ Court has set Busiro North Member of Parliament Paul Nsubuga free of charges of theft of a mobile phone.
The Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Siena Owomugisha on Friday discharged and set Nsubuga free upon reconciliation between him and the complainant, Nicholas Karuhanga, as provided for under the Magistrates Court Act.
This is not an acquittal or a conviction, but rather a legal mechanism for resolving some misdemeanors.
Nsubuga was accused of stealing an Itel phone valued at Shs80,000, which was reportedly loaded with mobile money totaling Shs4.5 million, which was also withdrawn and taken.
This happened on June 3rd, 2019 at Nakasero opposite Shoprite, where Gloria Namengo was an employee of Nicholas Karuhanga.
Following that, Namengo, who is a resident of Kawempe Division in Kampala district, reported a case of theft to police that Nsubuga had reportedly stolen the phone and hid it in the newspapers before getting out of the business premises.
As a result, a video went viral on social media platforms as they hunted for the face of the person who was featured therein until police reportedly saw Nsubuga’s campaign pictures looking like the person in the video.
Nsubuga was accordingly arrested in March 2021 after the Electoral Commission had gazetted him as the Busiro North MP.
Last month, the court issued a warrant of arrest against Nsubuga requiring him to come and attend trial today after he had absconded on several occasions.
But when the matter came up today, State Attorney Lydia Nakato informed Owomugisha that the case was coming up for hearing, but as the prosecutors, they received information that the parties had reconciled.
As a result, Nsubuga’s lawyer, Juliet Nampeera, had no objection to the submissions by the state.
Owomugisha has discharged Nsubuga and ordered him to abide by the terms and conditions of the reconciliation agreement.
According to the settlement agreement, the parties have agreed that Nsubuga pay Shs30 million to settle the matter, and this money is supposed to be paid within one month from today.