By Peter Sebulime
Human Rights Lawyer Eron Kiiza, who also doubles as Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) lawyer did not appear at Kibuli Police Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) headquarters in Kibuli, where he had been summoned to the Media Crime department for statement recording and interview over in undisclosed crime.
Kiiza instead sent a team of legal brains including Daniel Walyemera, Benjamin Katana, Rtd. Major Ronald Iduli, Richard Baguma Rwatooro and Odur Anthony to represent him and communicate his position.
Counsel Daniel Walyemera informed unidentified female officer who handled the matter that the summoned person could not and will not appear until he is told the charges against him as the constitution demands.
Counsel Benjamin Katana said their suspicion is that the summon is in respect to a matter Kiiza is handling in Mubende were he represents over 1000 people who were illegally evicted from five villages composing of over 350 hectares of land.
Katana said “The summons demonstrate a disguised intimidation clothed in officialdom which must be stopped since if left, it will result into narrowing of rule of law in the country, thus making it hard for lawyers to offer legal services for those up against the “powerful” since they will be in fear thinking they are next target of what has befallen Kiiza.”
In his statement received by the CID registry, Kiiza said he will not honor any police invitation which denies him crucial information and which is a conduit for land grabbling in Mubende designed to frustrate efforts of the people to seek justice.