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.
Innocent Draville, the Officer in Charge of Mbarara Main Prison, says that the facility that was constructed to host only 324 inmates currently accommodate 2581. He says that the inmates now sleep in turns because of space problems.
On Thursday, during the Mbarara City Council meeting, the councilors unanimously approved a motion to provide land measuring 1.5 acres located in Kakiika ward, Mbarara City North Division to the Judiciary.
The district leadership had earlier opposed the allocation claiming that the Judiciary did not follow the right procedure in requesting the land. The Judiciary had initially written to Mbarara city which had responded by allocating one acre of land.
Tayebwa through his lawyer Geoffrey Kandeebe, on Monday, told the court presided over by Justice Moses Kazibwe Kawumi that Tumuramye was illegally nominated by the Electoral Commission. According to Kandeebe, the document he attached on the petition as the nomination paper had only signatures from nine registered voters instead of ten.
The petition was filed by Jeremiah Kamurari, a challenger for the same seat in the just concluded elections challenging Nathan Byanyima’s academic qualifications. Kamurari had argued that Byanyima did not have the requisite qualifications to contest for a parliamentary seat.
The two were handed 85 years in jail in 2015 by Justice Lameck Mukasa who found them guilty for the murder of Karuhanga, Bernard Ntwirenabo, Naboth Turyahabwe, Kenneth Timuzigu, Eldard Tumwine and Alex Turyamureeba.
Kamukama had returned to court seeking a temporary injunction stopping her rival’s nomination on grounds that her main application seeking to nullify Muheesi’s victory in the primaries would be rendered useless if she goes through with the nominations.
The one-month session which will be conducted via Zoom Technology will handle 40 cases and will be presided over by a panel of three judges; Justice Elizabeth Musoke, Justice Remmy Kasule and Justice Stephen Musota.
Mbabazi Mariam, the head of female inmates at Mbarara main prison told a team of judicial officials led by the Chief Justice, Bart Katurebe on that they plead guilty hoping to get lighter sentences, but they are instead slapped with heavy punishments that have started scaring them away from plea bargaining.
In a ruling read out on Thursday by Mbarara Resident Judge Flavian Zaija on behalf of Justice Andrew Bashaija, the petitioner did not avail substantial evidence indicating how the irregularities influenced the results of the elections.
Asiimwe who is accused alongside two others of carrying out a mock funeral for President Museveni missed todays court session. Others are 20-year-old Albert Nangumya, a former student at Bishop Stuart University and 32-year-old Maxi Muhumuza.
The Mbarara Resident Judge Justice Andrew Bashaija adjourned the hearing of the case to 16th January 2019 to allow the lawyers of the Electoral Commission-EC to study the affidavit. Eric Sabiti, the EC lawyer had told court that the petitioners served him the affidavit on Friday and asked for more time to read it and prepare a defense.