Police have released four people who had been arrested over the death of water minister Ronald Kibuule’s twins Rayden Waswa and Raymond Kato.
Two house helps, a shamba boy and a security guard working at Kibuule’s home were on Monday arrested by Mukono Police on neglect of duty charges contrary to Section 227 of the Penal Code Act.
Police had accused all the four domestic workers of negligence leading to the death of the minister’s two-year-old twins after they drowned in a family swimming pool at his home in Mbalala, Mukono District.
They were released from Mukono Police Station on Friday afternoon on orders of Mr Kibuule who doubles as Mukono North MP.
When contacted, Kampala Metropolitan police Spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango said the minister had phoned police saying he had forgiven the suspects.
“It is true Mr Kibuule has forgiven the two house maids, a shamba boy and a security guard,” Mr Onyango told this reporter on Friday afternoon.
He said Mr Kibuule ordered their release because there was nothing to gain even if he decided to take them to court.
In speeches at the funeral service on Wednesday former minister Mike Mukula, in remarks echoed by Mukono Bishop, Rt Rev William Ssebagala, rebuked individuals who gloated particularly on social media over the children’s demise.
Others, among them Willy Rugo, who sent a letter to Daily Monitor for publication, questioned why a large swimming pool on the home compound was not barricaded, noting that tragic as the twins’ drowning was, the parents were “negligent”.
Such comments, which critics said contradicted cultural norms and common decency, dominated the messaging by influential leaders, both clergy and politicians.
“It is shameful when you go to radios and social media to abuse someone who has lost a person, it’s not good,” said Mr Mukula, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party’s Central Executive Committee.