By Jane Nambi
Iryn Namubiru’s promoter has a chance to be set free as police has not yet found any evidence to pin him to the drugs which Iryn was carrying which led to her arrest in Japan earlier on this year.
It has been four months since Iryn’s promoter, Kim Twesigye was arrested in connection to drugs which were found in Iryn’s luggage as she headed to Japan for a concert which he had organized. Iryn claims that it was Kim who was responsible for the drugs which Japan police found in her luggage leading to her arrest for over seven days in their jails.
According to the state prosecutor, Lucy Kabahuma, police is yet to find the evidence to pin Kim. He is charged with illegal possession and trafficking of illicit drugs. She made the comments yesterday, Tuesday at Makindye Chief Magistrates Court concluding that she is not yet 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.
As a result, the case was adjourned by the chief magistrate, Ester Nambayo 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. The next hearing date was fixed on November 4.
Kim’s lawyer, Victor Byemalo’s earlier on submitted that the defense had applied for the dismissal of the case for want of prosecution.
Following police investigations, Tumwesigye alias ‘Kim Ueno’, a Ugandan music promoter based in Japan was arrested and charged in June in connection to the drugs found with Iryn in Japan. 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.