At least three dozen supporters of National Unity Platform who were
denied bail by the Court Martial have made a bid for freedom before the High
Court Criminal Division in Kampala.
The group that is currently in Kitalya and Kigo prisons on
charges of illegal possession of ammunition comprises both male and female detainees.
They are; Ali Bukeni alias Nubian Li, Edward Ssebuufu alias
Eddie Mutwe, Hassan Ssemakula alias Abdul Souldier, Kenny Kyalimpa , Mudde Ntambi, William Nyanzi alias Mbogo,
Lukeman Mwijukye alias Kampala, Muhammad Nsubuga alias Eddoboozi , Adam Matovu, Shakirah Nambozo alias Sukie, Ibrahim Tamale, Muzafuru Mwanje alias Main Gate
alias Muwa, Ismail Nyanzi Kaddu, Achileo Kivumbi, Joseph Onzima alias Tawa , Anthony
Agaba alias Bobi Young and Robert Kivumbi alias Mighty Family.
Others are: Samson
Ssekiranda alias Giant, Sharifa Najja alias Don Sharifa , Brian Ssemanda alias
Director Museveni Must Go, Robert Katumba, Faisol Kigongo alias Ras Fazo ,
Musa Mulimira, Sam Mutumba alias Papa
Sam , Richard Kalema alias Ricardo,
Alex Karamagi alias Doggy City, Daniel Onywerot alias Dan Magic , Hussein
Mukasa alias OShea, Johnbosco Sunday alias JB, Isma Muganga alias
Jaja Isma, Fahad Tamale and Bashir Murusha.
These were part of a group of 49 NUP supporters who were
arrested on arrival in Kalangala District during the presidential campaigns of NUP
Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and charged before Masaka Magistrates
Court, given bail and after three days they were rearrested and taken to the military court
martial on charges of illegal possession of ammunition.
But they were denied bail February on 15, 2021 by the Court
Martial presided over by Lt General Andrew Gutti on grounds that the acts of
violence are most likely to continue once released.
However, today their lawyers led by George Musisi and
Benjamin Katana have filed another application before the Criminal Division
asking for bail on grounds that the offenses against them are bailable.
They have attached the affidavits of accused persons which
were sworn inside Kigo and Kitalya Government's prisons on February 23 2021.
In the supportive affidavits, the applicants maintain their
innocence on the charges against them. They add that the court martial has not
informed them of when their trial is likely to commence or even the status of
"I have been on remand since then and I'm informed by
my lawyers of M/S Pace Advocates which information I verily believe to be true
that the court martial has not fixed a date to next appear or be tried"
reads the affidavit of Eddie Mutwe in part.
Another accused person musician Nubian Li states that he has
never been charged with any criminal offense and neither has he ever dishonored
"That I have a fixed place of abode within the
jurisdiction of this Honorable court. That once I'm granted bail, I will abide
by all the conditions set by this Honorable court”, reads Nubian Li’s affidavit
All the accused persons have convinced court that they have
substantial sureties who guarantee that they will not abscond from trial once
the bail has been granted.
They also state that they will not interfere with the
investigations and state witnesses if any, once they have been released. Further,
they swear that they have fixed places of abode within the jurisdictions of the
high court and they are willing to abide by the conditions imposed on them by
Their lawyers led by Musisi have told court that they are
willing to bring witnesses from over 50 people led by the top officials of the
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Last month, the NUP Principal Robert Kyagulanyi released a
list of more than 200 people he described as his supporters who had reportedly
been arrested and taken by state operatives to unknown places.
Their relatives and friends some of them have since appeared
in the media shedding tears appealing to government to bring back their loved