Kyazze claimed that the group held a public meeting in disregard of the laid down procedures in the Public Order Management Act when they refused to coordinate and cooperate with Police to ensure that all participants are unarmed and peaceful.
Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court has remanded
thirteen activists who were arrested on Monday for staging a protest against
corruption in the country. The suspects appeared in two groups before Grade One
Magistrates, Marion Mangeni and Stella Maris
They were charged with disobedience of lawful
orders. Those who appeared before Mangeni are Faridah
Bikobere, Yiga Muzafalu, Sharon Kemigisha Joan
Nakiyemba, Saad Mukooli , Jackson Ssemwanga and Ferdinand Lutta. While those who appeared before Amabilis are
Ashraf Lukwago, Badru Kaweesi, Jimmy Gafaayo Richard Kizito , Godfrey
Tumukunde and Shailock Nayesiga shailock.
Prosecution led by Ivan Kyazze
told court that on January 13th, 2020 on Kampala and Entebbe Roads,
the accused persons contravened sections 5 and 10 of the Public Order
Management Act. Kyazze claimed that the group held a public
meeting in disregard of the laid down procedures in the Public Order Management
Act when they refused to coordinate and cooperate with Police to ensure that
all participants are unarmed and peaceful.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges with the exception of Joan Nakiyemba and Faridah Bikobere who
were part of the group that appeared before Mangeni. However,
court couldn’t convict the duo because the State Prosecutor wasn’t able to
conclude his submission.
He briefly told court that Police Officers at
Entebbe Road arrested the suspects who were dressed in black attires because
they were shouting and carrying placards with inscriptions “Black Monday. Kyazze
explained that Police advised the suspects to abandon the protest, since they hadn’t
informed police in vain.
Police identified Nakiyemba and Bikobere but
their accomplices insisted on demonstrating, which prompted their arrest.
According to Kyazze, when they suspects arrived at CPS Kampala, both Bikobere
and Nakiyemba admitted to have committed the crime in question.
He wanted to tender in court
evidence the exhibits recovered from the suspects during arrest but the defense
lawyers led by Eron Kiiza objected, saying this isn’t the right time to do so. The Magistrate accordingly remanded the suspects to prison until
January 21st and 23rd respectively when they will return for the mention of
Zaid Ssempala, the mastermind of the protests, says they made
a coalition of three organizations including the Alternative, the Red Top
Brigade and Uganda Poor Youth Movement –UPYM to prepare a real walk against
He explained that in December
when the State House Anti-Corruption Unit and Inspectorate of Government
organized the walk against corruption, it was dominated by corrupt individual,
which he says was insult. Ssempala says they found it worth to organize one
where they can send a message to corrupt government officials.