The Luwero Grade One
Magistrate, John Paul Obuya has released Sulaiman Jakana Nadduli on
bail with a specific directive barring him from making statements on any media platforms given the
seriousness of the offense against him.
Jakana, who is
battling charges of promoting sectarianism, arrived at the magistrate's
court Wednesday morning limping on crutches due to an injury he sustained
in an accident before his arrest. In his ruling, Obuya noted that he
had considered the submissions from his defense counsel Patrick Olet and
State Attorney, Roselyn Kipola on his bail application.
He noted that he agreed with the defense
counsel that the offense against Jakana is bailable before his court and the
accused had the right to apply for it. He rejected the objection by the state
attorney that one of the sureties Yusuf Kikomeko was not substantial on
the grounds that he didn’t present an introduction letter from his LC 1
Chairperson yet it is available on court records.
He rejected the
objection by the state to Jakana's bail application that he may interfere
with the ongoing investigations, saying that the state didn't present
sufficient evidence to back the allegations. He granted Jakana cash bail
of 5 million Shillings and directed his sureties to execute a noncash bond of
10 million Shillings each.
The sureties included
Jakana's cousin, Yusuf Kikomeko, and brother, Omar Badru Kabugo. He explained
that he had considered Jakana's bail application on grounds of poor health
to enable him to access better treatment outside the jail. He bared him from
making any statements on any platforms given the seriousness of the offense
until the matter is disposed of. He adjourned the case to November 16th, 2022
for further mention since the state said investigations were ongoing.
father, Abdul Nadduli who was present in the court jumped into his vehicle
together with the defense lawyer shortly after adjournment to deposit the bail
money. Hassan Kirumira, the Katikamu South Member of Parliament welcomed
Jakana's release but criticized the Court over what he called the exploitation
of accused persons.
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But Frank Gashumba, the Chairperson of the Council for Abavindimwe told URN
that they were happy with Jakana's bail terms. Gashumba, who was
accompanied by scores of aggrieved Bavindimwe, said that he is among the people
who filed complaints against Jakana and he is ready to testify against him in
court for repeatedly promoting
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According to the charge sheet, on April 5th, 2022 while in Luwero, Jakana,37, a
resident of Nakasero zone in Wobulenzi town recorded and uploaded a video on
youtube, which promotes sectarianism against Banyankole and Banyarwanda
contrary to section 41(1) of the penal code act. Jakana pleaded not guilty to