Besigye and Mukaku's bail have been rejected by Grade One Magistrate Asuman Muhumuza on grounds that he has no guarantee that they will not commit the same offences once released on bail since they had just been bailed by the same Court less than two weeks ago.
On Tuesday, the Court presided over by the Acting Chief Magistrate Augustine Alule granted the accused persons one million shillings cash bail and asked each of their sureties who included relatives and politicians to execute a non-cash bond of 10 million shillings.
The lawyers argued that they had served the release order to Prison Officers who were at Court and they refused to acknowledge receipt and that is why the Magistrate has been convinced to order for his return to Court this afternoon.
This morning, Justice Elubu concurred with Besigye's legal team, saying that the monies were harsh and excessive adding that such conditions make bail look like a punishment yet its purpose is to compel the accused to attend court for trial.
Besigye's lawyers led by Erias Lukwago in their petition to the High Court on Thursday contend that the money demanded from him is excessive and that Owomugisha exercised her jurisdiction with material irregularity.
The case was then adjourned to April 28th, 2022 . But on that day, the Prosecutors were attending the fallen State Attorney Joan Namazzi Kagezi's Memorial Lecture and neither did Ssegirinya's lawyers turn up in Court.
Lukwago said that the bail amount is outrageous since his client has been under preventive arrest at his home for almost two weeks and he has not been working.
According to Lukwago, Besigye has instructed them to appeal against the decision and has chosen to be remanded.
Prior to his arraignment at Buganda Road Court, Ssegirinya had been arrested on September 7th 2021 by police in Masaka District together with Makindye West Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana and accordingly sent to Kigo prison on charges related to terrorism, aiding and abetting terrorism, murder and attempted murder .
Lukwago asked court to dismiss the prayer by the prosecutors as it was "aimed at defeating justice" for they are the ones who delayed court saying they first went to City Hall Court thinking that it was where the accused persons would be charged, only to bring them to Buganda Road Court when it was late in the afternoon.
The State Attorney, Peter Mugisha strongly objected to the bail application, arguing that although Ssegirinya has not yet been convicted, the charges against him show that he is not a responsible member of society.
The State Attorney, Joan Keko told the court presided over by Grade One Magistrate, Doreen Olga Karungi that their inquiries into the matter are complete, adding that they are ready to adduce evidence implicating the legislator.
Permission was granted to the legislator who was appearing via a video conferencing link from Kigo prison to show court his foot which has multiple wounds. The Magistrate directed the prisons authorities to give him medical treatment and they informed court that they are already managing him.
The prosecution alleges that between August and September 2020 while in Kampala, Ssegirinya alias Mr Update made statements on his Facebook page "Ssegirinya Muhammad Fans Page " calculated to incite the public to participate in violence against a section or group of Ugandans.
Through his lawyers led by Medard Lubega Sseggona, Ssegirinya asked court presided over by Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu to be released on bail on grounds that the charge against him is bailable and that he ready to report to the court when needed.