Mugisha returned to Masaka Police Station on Thursday for further questioning. According to his lawyer Alexander Lule, police extended the bond to Tuesday because the state prosecutor was not ready with the file.
The two legislators were arrested and detained on charges of murder, attempted murder and aiding and abetting terrorism, stemming from their alleged involvement in the recent killings in the Greater Masaka region which claimed more than 25 lives between July and September this year.
The priest, Reverend Fr Richard Mugisha was summoned in relation to the death of Ronald Kyeyune, 30, a suspected robber who had allegedly broken into the priests’ house last night. It is alleged that the suspect was apprehended by the village security team after allegedly accessing the priests’ residence through the roof.
ACP Nkore has declined to testify as a prosecution witness against Vincent Muwonge alias Jude Bbaale, a crime preventer in Masaka town who is facing charges of giving false information to police in relation to the notorious machete-wielding gangs that terrorized Masaka in the recent past.
The MP were separately presented before the Masaka Grade One Magistrate Grace Wakooli and Chief Magistrate Charles Yeitese, for further mention of murder and terrorism charges, and the amendments in their earlier charge sheet respectively.
Katungi’s arrest follows an operation in which police recovered a motorcycle whose owner Joseph Ssebandeke, had been attacked by iron bar hitmen. Ssebandeke is in critical condition at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.
Court heard that while in various places in Uganda, with intents to intimidate the public for political, religious, social, or economic gains, the suspects indiscriminately involved themselves in murder and attempted murder of people.
On August 28, the suspect is said to have called Assistant Commissioner of Police-ACP Paul Nkore, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander purporting to volunteer intelligence leading to the assailants. To prove his claims, Muwonge aided police in the arrest of Peter Ocheng and Francis Kayemba, who later confessed to being part of the criminal gang that was executing murders in the area.
They were charged with three counts of murder and attempted murder, offenses they allegedly committed on 23rd August this year, at Ssetaala and Ssenya villages located in Kimanya-Kabonera division in Masaka city.
The two opposition MPs representing Makindye West and Lubaga North were summoned to record statements at the Masaka Central Police Station concerning mysterious murders that have happened in the area in the recent past
The two groups of suspects who were on Wednesday afternoon aligned before the Masaka Grade One and Chief Magistrate courts accused security operatives of torturing them to accept the offences preferred against them.
They were admitted to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital in critical condition following the attacks where they were asked to have a skull Computed Tomography (CT) scan to help health experts to detect brain injury, bleeding, and skull fractures.
Justice Nakintu held that a High Court has no jurisdiction to re-appraise a decision of the Court of Appeal, adding that her court could also not act to pre-empt the office of the DPP on how to conduct their proceedings.
Brigadier Deo Sande, the Commander of the Masaka Armoured Brigade, says that they have launched joint operations with the police to hunt down the assailants. He explains that they have received intelligence about the racket and they are following various clues that may lead them to the killers.