Maria Kamara Mabinti, the ICC Outreach Coordinator for East Africa says they have noted concerns that some organizations are now registering the war victims in the case locations to benefit from the reparation program.
Innocent Draville, the Officer in Charge of Mbarara Main Prison says since 2014 when the plea bargain initiative started in Mbarara, a total of 1,276 capital cases have been handled and disposed of compared to the 281 petty offences noting that more efforts are needed to advocate for petty offenders to enroll for plea bargaining.
Last month, Mabirizi also asked the Court of Appeal comprised of Justices Muzamiru Mutangula Kibeedi, and Lady Justices Irene Mulyagonja and Eva Luswata to release him temporarily pending the determination of his intended appeal challenging his conviction and subsequent sentence of 18 months imprisonment.
According to Kawumi, Habiyakare deserved an 18-year jail sentence, but he reduced the three months he spent on remand. Trouble for Habiyakare started on February 28th this year, when he was caught redhanded defiling his 14-year-old victim and primary six pupil at the school.