The General Court Martial sitting at Makindye, Kampala, has granted bail to 13 supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) who were arrested from Kalangala district on December 30, 2020.
The group was part of the campaign team that had travelled with the NUP leader, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to the islands district for his scheduled presidential campaign meetings.
They were first charged before the Chief Magistrate’s court in Masaka for incitement to violence but were later transferred to the army court where they were slapped with a fresh charge of illegal possession of ammunition.
The seven-member-panel army court led by Lt General Andrew Gutti granted bail to Rachael Akiiki Tusiime, Saphinah Nansovo, Jamirah Kalyango Namwanje, John Miiro, William Ntege alias Kyuma kya Yesu, Kaddu Ismail Nyanzi, Bonny Obicho alias Makanika, Fatumah , Joy Namuyimba alias Joy Strong , Monica Tushemerirwe alias Monic, Oliver Lutaya, Benedict Musisi and Nelson Ndyasiima.
They were granted a non-cash bail of Shs 20 million each and their six sureties who were top NUP officials have been asked to execute a non-cash bond of Shs 50 million.
The sureties were Dr Zedriga Walu, NUP deputy president (Northern Uganda), the party’s secretary general, David Lewis Rubongoya, Joel Ssenyonyi (spokesman), Flavia Kalule Nabagabe (Women’s League), Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu and the head of training and patriotism Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro.
They have been ordered not to go beyond Kampala and Wakiso districts without the permission from the Court Martial Registrar. They have also been told to report to the court after every fourteen days.
The decision to give the thirteen bail followed an application by their lawyers led by George Musisi and Anthony Wameli. These told court that the offenses against their clients are bail able and that they were tortured during custody.
With exception of Kyuma kya Yesu who had medical letters from St Francis Nsambya Hospital requiring him to undergo an operation , none presented unique grounds.
The military prosecutors led by Capt. Ambroze Guma didn’t object to the application for those that have been released.
However, Guma told court that he had instructions to oppose bail application for 36 who include Ali Bukeni Alias Nubian Li , Edward Ssebufu alias Eddie Mutwe, 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, Johnbosco Sunday alias JB, Isma Muganga alias Jaja Isma, Fahad Tamale and Bashir Murusha.
Prosecution opposed the bail application for the 36 relying on the affidavit of Detective Assistant Inspector of Police Peter Wetaaka who is attached to Criminal Investigations Department of Police in Kibuli. Wetaaka says that he is one of the investigators that participated in the case against the accused persons and none of them was tortured as they alleged in their bail application.
He adds that by the time they were arrested, they were inciting violent protests and were of violent conduct towards police officers.
Because of this, Wetaaka says that they are most likely to continue with the same actions therefore they should not be granted bail.
However, in his ruling, Lt General Gutti said he was to decide on the application for the rest on February 15.
The prosecution alleges that the accused persons and others still at large on January 3, while at Makerere Kavule , Kigundu Zone , Kawempe division were in possession of four rounds of ammunition of an AK 47 gun and the said ammunition was a monopoly of the defense forces.