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Prosecution Challenges Bail Application of Kiggundu Murder Suspect

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The Senior State Attorney, Marion Ben Bella asked court presided over by Justice Susan Okalany to dismiss the application, saying Nyanzi is charged with capital offenses.
Yusuf Nyanzi in the middle
Prosecution wants the High Court International Crimes Division to dismiss the bail application by Yusuf Nyanzi, one of the suspects in the murder of Major Muhammad Kiggundu. Nyanzi is also charged with terrorism and assassinating former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body guard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewa, Sergeant Steven Mukasa, the bodyguard of Maj. Kiggundu.

Kaweesi was brutally murdered on March 17th, 2017 together with Erau and Mambewa, a short distances from his home in Kulambiro in Nakawa division in Kampala. Major Kigundu was gunned down together with Sergeant Mukasa at Masanafu trading center in Rubaga Division in Kampala in 2016. Several suspects were picked up including Nyanzi and arraigned in the High Court International Crimes Division.  

He is jointly charged with Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje, Muhammad Buyondo, Abdu Wahab Sendegeya, Musa Sekandi and Siraje Kalyango Jibril. However, Nyanzi has since applied for bail through his lawyer, Anthony Wameli on grounds that he is the sole bread winner of his family, torture while in police custody and the fact that case has been fixed for hearing.

He presented his wife, Summayah Namulindwa Musa, his sister in law and farmer, Hadijah Natukunda and Musa Katumba, the proprietor of M/S Abubaker Swidiq Secondary School and resident of Kyanja in Nakawa Division as his sureties. However, on Wednesday, the Senior State Attorney, Marion Ben Bella asked court presided over by Justice Susan Okalany to dismiss the application, saying Nyanzi is facing capital offenses.  

She also pointed out that in his application, Nyanzi claims to be a resident Kyanjo Zone in Nakawa Division but the local council officials in the area told investigating officers that they don't know him. She therefore asked court to dismiss the bail application on grounds that Nyanzi doesn't have a fixed place of aboard and would easily abscond from court once released on bail. 

Marion also explained that in 2003, government granted amnesty to Nyanzi but he continued committing capital offenses, which makes granting him bail improper.  Justice Okalany has set July 2nd, 2018 to rule of the matter.