Shortly before 1:00 pm, a prisons lorry truck arrived at the court buildings in Masaka with at least 42 of the more than 90 supporters of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) that were arrested last Wednesday in Kalangala.
A few moments later, another lorry brought the last batch of the group that has spent the past six days in detention at Masaka police station.
Another group of 23 that included Bobi Wine’s singing partner, Ali Buken (Nubian Li) arrived in a minibus from a detention facility at the Armoured Brigade military barracks at Kasijjagirwa, Masaka.
Many of them were limping giving an indication that they had been tortured while in custody.
One of them, Lukman Mwijukye aka Kampala showed the trail magistrate, Charles Yetiese, injuries he claimed to have been inflicted on him by the security men who he also accused of squeezing his manhood.
The entire group was charged with two counts of inciting violence and doing an act likely to spread an infectious disease to which they pleaded not guilty.
Apart from Shamim Nabukalu and Racheal Akiiki who were remanded to Masaka central prison for lack of substantive sureties, court bonded the rest of the group at a cash bail of Shs 100,000 while their sureties were tagged to a non cash bond of Shs 5 million.
They will re-appear in court on January 19. They were arrested on December 30, 2020 as Kyagulanyi arrived in Kalangala district for his presidential campaigns.
Meanwhile, the army deployed heavily outside the court premises moments after the court session.
It later emerged that the deployments were intended to facilitate the re-arrest of four of the suspects over other charges in Kyotera district.
According to the new charge sheet, Edward Ssebuwufu (Eddie Mutwe), Lukman Mwijukye, Hassan Katumba and Stanley Kafuko on December 26, 2020 allegedly assaulted six policemen in Kyotera as Kyagulanyi campaigned in the district.
They were later re-arraigned before the same magistrate who remanded them till January 19 because it was past the time for hearing a bail application.
By 7:00 pm, there was still heavy presence of the police and the military outside the court premises.