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NUP supporters protest continued detention as army court denies them bail again

Some of the NUP supporters in the dock

Some of the NUP supporters in the dock

A National Unity Platform (NUP) supporter, Muydin Kakooza aka Saanya who has been on remand since May 2021, on Monday jumped out of the dock to charge at army court's chairman Brig Robert Mugabe after being denied bail again for the third time.

Kakooza is accused alongside 27 others including Yasin Ssekitoleko alias Machete, Robert Christopher Rugumayo, Patrick Mwase, Simon Kikaabe, Olivia Lutaaya, Abdu Matovu, Ronald Kijambo, Sharif Kalanzi, Joseph Muwonge, Mesach Kiwanuka, Abdalla Kintu, Umar Emma Kato, and Musa Kavuma of being in illegal possession of 13 pieces of explosive devices between November 2020 and May 2021 in areas of Jinja, Mbale, Kireka, Nakulabye, Kawempe, Natete, and Kampala Central.

The seven-member panel of the court chaired by Brig Mugabe denied the suspects bail on grounds that they did not prove that they have fixed places of abode in the court's jurisdiction.

Although the court found the sureties of the accused persons who included politicians such as the leader of opposition in parliament (LoP) Joel Ssenyonyi to be substantial, they couldn’t be released on the basis that they are most likely to abscond once granted bail.

"In the premises, this court finds no merit in the application and declines to grant bail to the applicants. The application is hereby dismissed. Court orders an expeditious trial of the applicants in the main case. we so rule."

Immediately after the ruling, Kakooza and other suspects together with their relatives turned rowdy, prompting the reinforcement of security at the court premises. 

Kakooza was beaten and lifted out of the court hall by military police and locked in a waiting military van where he continued to shout at the top of his voice, saying he was ready to pay with life to secure the freedom of other Ugandans. This is the second time that Kakooza has charged at the army court chairperson protesting the long stay on remand on bailable offences.     

The relatives of the accused person together with their sureties condemned the court ruling saying it is a violation of the accused person’s right to liberty. The accused persons have now been further remanded until May 6, 2024, for the prosecution to present their seventh witness.

Initially, the suspects were 32 in number, however, in April 2023 when the court heard their second bail application, it released only four of their co-accused whom the court found had substantial sureties.  

The remaining 28 supporters have been on remand in Kitalya and Luzira prisons since May 2021. The accused persons were arrested by CMI operatives after the police accused them of plotting to carry out petrol bomb attacks targeting government vehicles and buildings in various places in the country.

Police claimed that the suspects masterminded attacks on the Kasubi Royal tombs, on former Jinja resident city commissioner Eric Sakwa in Nakulabye, on the Uganda Registration Services Bureau building, and the Katwe Police station, among others. They were reportedly planning to block President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni from swearing-in for his sixth term of office.


0 #1 kabayekka 2024-04-16 16:43
One wants to ask. Who in the political opposition that have created such pandomium can try to rescue these young people from tyranny.

It is now clear that it cannot be the NUP and the FDC! Mind you these are Ganda youths who seem to suffer innocently as the Ganda politicians benefit economically from their propaganda of the perpetual unity of Buganda and Uganda.
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0 #2 Lakwena 2024-04-16 16:52
But some of the irony is: instead the NUP youths who didn't even have knives when they were brutally arrested three years ago; why isn't the Jamil Mukulu of this country, whose ADF picked up arms to face off the regime, and are being pursued in DR Congo, the ones behind the UPDF Court Martial Prison?

Where are souls of the UPDF soldiers/officers, who makes up the composition of the Court martial and playing around with lives of fellow countrymen and women whom they very know are just being persecuted by a diabolic dictator?

In other words, each time they get to their families and in the comfort of their homes and/or beds after the such dubious court process; humanly speaking, what run through their minds?

Just humanly asking?
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+1 #3 Remase 2024-04-16 17:38
Fellow Ugandans, it's clear like day and night that our fellow citizens are being persecuted for political reasons because they were pursuing for a change.

Just like Segyirinya and Sewanya those people are innocent but rotting in for 3 years now. What pains the most is that they are civilians but tried in a court martial!

I have said it before, political parties are the cause of division among us who are looking for change. These innocent people are called "NUP supporters."

Besides others calling it a NUP issue, even Kyagulanyi has neglected and completely abandoned them! They are on their own!
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-1 #4 Remase 2024-04-16 18:03
Trying them in the court martial is cause alone to bring the entire country on a standstill, however, Kyagulanyi who claims "people power-our power" is enjoying his freedom and taxpayers money, which was his sole purpose, while these innocent people, whome he misled to believe that they have the power, are paying the price and suffering immensely!

Furthermore, traders in Masaka and Kampala are, on their own, protesting because unfair taxes while Kyagulanyi and his NUP MPs ere busy in parliament making budgets how to spend end enjoy taxpayers money!

Our country is under a militant rule and that is why our fellow citizens are tried in a militant court! In the mean time, Kyagulanyi, Mpuuga, Muwanga Kivumbi, Senyonyi and other NUP MPs are saying, awangale ai Sabalwanyi M7.

And worst still, they are saying, "next" elections! That is the true Kyagulanyi Omuganda wa Kabaka who has no difference with Katikiro Mayiga. They both prefer to maintain the status quo.
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0 #5 Remase 2024-04-16 18:15
That's what Kyagulanyi promised us, to show us that there's democracy and rule of law in Uganda.

What we didn't know is that Kyagulanyi only cared about his freedom and pockets to enjoy with a few of his MPs like Mpuuga, Senyonyi, Muwanga Kivumbi and others!
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0 #6 apollo 2024-04-16 23:36
Brig. Mugabe and his superiors are attempting to break the spirit of these young men and women. May be they finally will succeed; may be they will not.

In Psalm 62: 11-12, David reminds us thus:
10Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
11God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

Brig. Mugabe and his superiors should be reminded that there is a jail they may never break from or get any bail grant from. It is called hell.
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0 #7 Remase 2024-04-16 23:41
Fellow Ugandans, today it is our fellow citizens who civilians and tried in a militant court! Tomorrow it will be you and I.

Just like those innocent citizens who are killed, like Kyagulanyi's driver, Yasim! They are killed by militants, with impunity!

However, after Kyagulanyi accomplished his mission of being the useless leading opposition figure, who is enjoying taxpayers money, those NUP supporters are on their own!

The other day, NUP MPs, Lubega Segona, was pleased to see that M7 appointed his friend as a minister! Why would Segona care about those NUP supporters?
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