Military prosecutors led by Captain Ambroze Guma said that they didn't have any objection to bail application of the accused persons. He however, hastened to add that they are finalizing the scrutinizing of the affidavits for the remaining 18 suspects.
Seventeen of the 35 National Unity Platform-NUP party supporters
remanded by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces- General Court Martial are out
on bail. They are Robinson Ntambi Mudde, Stanley Kafuko alias Kysta , Kivumbi
Achileo , Samson Ssekiranda Alias Giant, Robert Katumba, Kyabagu Geserwa alias
Pympah, Faisal Kigongo alias Ras Fazo , Musa Mulimira, Sam Mutumba alias Papa
Sam , Hussein Mukasa alias Oshea , John Bosco Sunday, Fahad Tamale,
Bashir Murusha and William Nyanzi alias Mbogo.
The others are Adam Matovu, Charles Mpanga, Muhammed Nsubuga
and Sharif Najja alias Don Sharif. The General Court Martial Chairperson, Lt.
General Andrew Gutti released the suspects on Tuesday morning saying that some of
them are sickly and that the state didn't raise any objection to their bail
application presented last week. Military prosecutors led by Captain Ambroze Guma said that they didn't have
any objection to bail application of the accused persons. He however, hastened
to add that they are finalizing the scrutinizing of the affidavits for the
remaining 18 suspects.
These include Ali Bukeni alias Nubian Li, Edward Ssebuufu
alias Eddie Mutwe, Hassan Ssemakula alias Abdul Souldier, Kenny Kyalimpa ,
Lukeman Mwijukye alias Kampala, Ibrahim Tamale, Muzafuru Mwanje alias Main Gate
alias Muwa, Achileo Kivumbi, Joseph Onzima alias Tawa , Anthony Agaba alias Bobi
Young, Robert Kivumbi alias Mighty Family and Brian Ssemanda alias Dictator
Museveni Must Go. The others are Geoffrey Mutalya, Richard Kalema alias
Ricardo, Alex Karamagi alias Doggy City, Daniel Onywerot alias Dan Magic, Isma
Muganga alias Jaja Isma and Baker Kalyango .
prayed for a short adjournment to enable them
file a response to bail application of the eighteen suspects. While
releasing the 17 suspects, Lt. Gen. Gutti ordered them not to go beyond Kampala
and Wakiso districts without permission from court. He also directed them to
report to court twice a month every after fourteen days on Wednesdays, execute non
Cash bond of Shillings 20 million while each of their sureties executed non
cash bond of Shillings 50 million. Lt. General Gutti warned that the breach of
any of the bail terms will lead to the automatic cancellation of bail.
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The sureties included top NUP party leaders such
as Aisha Kabanda, the Deputy Secretary General, Flavia Kalule Nabagabe, the
head of the Women League, Mathias Mpuuga, the NUP Vice President in Charge of Buganda
Region, David Lewis Rubongoya, the Secretary General, Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, the
head of Mobilization and Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro the head of Training and
Patriotism. The suspects are part of the 49 NUP supporters arrested upon arrival in Kalangala
district on December 30th 2021 during the campaign trail of former NUP presidential
candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. They were first arraigned before Masaka
Magistrates Court on January 4th, 2021 where they were charged with inciting
violence and granted bail.
However, the accused didn't leave prisons after the Uganda
Prison Services indicated that they had received a production warrant to
present them before the Makindye based General Court Martial. On
January 8th, 2021, the group comprising of men and women were charged with
illegal possession of ammunition i.e. four bullets before being remanded to
Kitalya and Kigo government’s prison. Days later, they applied for bail, which was
rejected by the court martial chairperson on February 15th, 2021. He later
released 13 of the suspects, arguing that the rest have the potential of
fueling acts of violence once released.
On March 1st, 2021, the group filed a third bail
application before the High Court Criminal Division. The court declined to entertain their
application on grounds that a court trying someone is well placed to handle the
bail application since it's well conversant with the facts of the case. The
applicant’s lawyers led by Anthony Wameli then filed a fourth bail application before
the General Court Martial, which was partly determined on Tuesday.