The supporters were arrested on Wednesday and charged with an act that is likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease.
The suspects appearing before court on Friday
The Masaka Chief Magistrate has granted bail to eight National Unity
The accused persons that all pleaded not guilty to the charges appeared before
Masaka Chief Magistrate Charles Yeteise on Friday.
Prosecution led by Shebah Byakutagga told the court that the investigation into
the case against the accused persons was complete and they were ready to
Majeran Kazibwe, then suspects’ lawyer told the court that they
had instructions to apply for bail for the accused persons and presented
Kazibwe asked the court to grant the accused persons a non-cash
bail because most of the accused persons are unemployed.
The prosecution did not object the bail application but asked the
magistrate to give stringent measures to the accused persons to deter them from
taking part in any demonstration.
The supporters were arrested on Wednesday and charged with doing an act that is
likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease.
The prosecution alleges that the suspects took part in a
demonstration and a procession without following the ministry of health
guidelines to control the spread of coronavirus disease-COVID-19.
Yeteisi granted each of the suspects a cash bail of 200,000
Shillings and each of their sureties non-cash bail of 500,000 Shillings.
He warned the accused persons against taking part in protests and
demonstrations saying that arresting them in any demonstration case will lead
to cancellation of their bail.
The case has been adjourned to December 15th, 2020 when the
suspects are expected to reappear in court for further hearing of the
Meanwhile, Masaka Grade one Magistrate Grace Wakoli has remanded
15 NUP supporters to Masaka main prison.
The accused persons through their lawyer Abdullah Maroof had applied for bail but
the court adjourned the matter to Monday when it is expected to give its ruling
on the bail application.
In Moroto, NUP Candidate for Moroto District Woman Member of
Parliament, Zainab Angela Ali was released on police bond. She was arrested on
Thursday and charged with inciting violence and organizing an unlawful
She was given bond after NUP legal representatives for NUP Karamoja Chapter
visited her at Moroto Police Station on Friday.
According to the police, Zainab was accused of organizing a street protest calling
for the release of NUP presidential candidate Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi.