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36 NUP supporters denied bail again, army beats up relatives

Some of the NUP supporters arrive at the army court

Some of the NUP supporters arrive at the army court

The General Court Martial in Makindye has denied bail to 36 supporters of National Unity Platform who are facing charges of illegal possession of ammunition.

A seven-member panel led by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti denied bail to the group on grounds that they were involved in acts of violence when they were being arrested and such actions are most likely to continue if granted bail.

As such, the military court dismissed their application for bail and directed the military prosecutors to expedite investigations such that hearing can commence. Court relied on an affidavit that was filed by the prosecution led by Maj. Emmy Ekyaruhanga and Capt. Ambroze Guma opposing the bail application.

The prosecutors adduced an affidavit sworn by detective assistant inspector of police Peter Wetaaka who is attached to Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Kibuli. Wetaaka said that by the time the applicants were arrested, they were inciting violent protests and were of violent conduct towards police officers who arrested them from Kalangala district.

Wetaaka further argued that the applicants who are part of a group of 49 were most likely to continue the same behaviours and should not be granted bail

Those denied bail include NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi's best friend; Ali Bukeni Alias Nubian Li, Kyagulanyi's personal bodyguard Edward Ssebufu alias Eddie Mutwe. Others are Hassan Ssemakula alias Abdul Soldier, Kenny Kyalimpa, Mudde Ntambi, William Nyanzi alias Mbogo, Lukeman Mwijukye alias Kampala, Muhammad Nsubuga alias Edobozi, Adam Matovu, Shakirah Nambozo alias Sukie, Ibrahim Tamale, Muzafuru Mwanje alias Main Gate alias Muwa, Ismail Nyanzi Kaddu.

Others are; Achileo Kivumbi, Joseph Onzima alias Tawa, Anthony Agaba alias Bobi Young, Robert Kivumbi alias Mighty Family, Samson Ssekiranda alias Giant, Sharifa Najja alias Don Sharifa, Brian Ssemanda alias Director Museveni Must Go, Robert Katumba, Faisol Kigongo alias Ras Fazo, Musa Mulimira, Sam Mutumba alias Papa Sam, Richard Kalema alias Ricardo, Alex Karamagi alias Doggy City, Daniel Onywerot alias Dan Magic, Hussein Mukasa alias OShea, John Bosco Sunday alias JB, Isma Muganga alias Jaja Isma, Fahad Tamale and Bashir Murusha.

The relatives of the said persons through their lawyers led by George Musisi have described the action of denying their people bail as disgraceful. Musisi said that when you deny someone bail under the law, you are supposed to give specific reasons which are not based on fantasy and speculations.

Accordingly, Musisi has revealed that they are not going to return to the Court Martial to reapply for bail. Instead, he says, they will be petitioning the High court which has the jurisdictions to try civilians.

"We have got the ruling where the court has denied bail, saying the acts of violence are likely to continue. Under the laws, when someone declines to grant bail, they are obliged to give reasons. Those reasons need not to be speculative, need not to be fantasy or conjecture like court has done this afternoon. Under the premises, of course, we’re dissatisfied with the ruling, we don’t agree with the ruling and we’re going to apply for bail before the High court of Uganda," said Musisi. 

The 36 supporters, who, have been sent back on remand until an unknown date were part of a group of 49 supporters arrested during Kyagulanyi's campaigns in Kalangala in December 2020.

They were later charged with illegal possession of ammunition. Their lawyers applied for bail for the entire group on grounds that some of them had been tortured while under custody, and some were sole breadwinners at their respective homes.

The defense lawyers also argued that the accused were still innocent until proven guilty, adding that the charges against them are bailable. Following Wetaaka's affidavit, the court released 13 of the 49 supporters last week.

This was on grounds that Wetaaka hadn't objected to their bail application and the court chose to keep the 36 on remand in Kitalya and Kigo government's Prisons until today to pronounce a ruling on their application.

The prosecution alleges that the accused persons and others still at large, on January 3, 2021, were found while at Makerere Kavule, Kigundu Zone Kawempe Division, in illegal possession of four rounds of ammunition of an AK-47 gun and the said ammunition was a monopoly of the defence forces.

Meanwhile, some of the relatives and friends of the accused persons who hadn't been granted access to court premises became chaotic after receiving news that their people had been denied bail.

They started protesting the court decision and Military Police soldiers started beating them terribly with some having nowhere to run to, having been cordoned off in the corridors of buildings.

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+5 #1 Bukenya Yusufu 2021-02-16 01:02
To the Army Court you are physiologically adding more pain to families, relatives and the Nation.
Hopefully that what you fought to remove between 1980 and 1986.

My prayers are for the regular Court to Uphold The Rule

Of law, reject and dismiss the Fake Charges with all the Contempt It deserves.
Long Live Uganda and The struggle for freedom will
Continue
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+2 #2 A K Mukasa 2021-02-16 06:25
This is definitely persecution not prosecution. The gloves are definitely off and the regime is now behaving like a wounded bull.

What they couldn’t do to Kyagulanyi for fear of what may happen is now being visited on his supporters.

They are using a kangaroo court because they know they have no chance in a properly and lawfully constituted court.

Then you see the dotard coming on television and making a nuisance of himself. They are so scared of these young people that they completely lost the plot. These young people have totally exposed them for who they are, thugs masquerading statesmen.
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+1 #3 Apollo Ekelot 2021-02-16 09:50
The case reeks of total abuse and persecution from an evil kangaroo court. The lawyer calls the basis of bail denial as fantasy and speculations.

This would have been funny had it not been that human lives are involved. So, 49 people were arrested in Kalangala with illegal possession of four rounds of ammunition, without a gun!

How were they going to shoot?! For sure I didn't think we could reach this low but we are there! This arrest was done in public, and the whole world saw it.

By the way of these people believe in what they are doing, why are they arrest Bobi Wine as well because he was with these people. They flew him in a chopper! Not because they love him but they fear the consequences of their evil actions. These are prisoners of conscience.
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+2 #4 Wooden K. 2021-02-16 12:28
Papa Doc does all this , but calls Idd Amin a murderer for killing Bishop Janani Luwum.

What if Amin thought that Luwum a terrorist who
deserved to be crushed by commandos ?!
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+3 #5 Falconer Mkokoten 2021-02-16 19:35
Sagulani MUST withdraw the petition. It is just a mockery of justice.

When the lead Justice decides to visit and consult with the respondent, it doesn't hold or make any sense at all.

Sagulani wanted to expose how rotten and rubbish the judiciary is. That objective was long ago achieved, so no need to waste more time.

The petitioner - Sagulani in such dispensation cannot and will not get any justice so best to withdraw the petition and further expose how rotten & decayed with maggots, bugs the system is.
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+1 #6 magezi moses 2021-02-17 09:30
Those who did not see Idi Amin Rule see
Tibuhaburwa the man is so nepotic
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+1 #7 magezi moses 2021-02-17 09:34
Quoting Falconer Mkokoten:
Sagulani MUST withdraw the petition. It is just a mockery of justice.

When the lead Justice decides to visit and consult with the respondent, it doesn't hold or make any sense at all.

Sagulani wanted to expose how rotten and rubbish the judiciary is. That objective was long ago achieved, so no need to waste more time.

The petitioner - Sagulani in such dispensation cannot and will not get any justice so best to withdraw the petition and further expose how rotten & decayed with maggots, bugs the system is.
I agree but what next
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