Erias Lukwago, the lawyer of MPs Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye
West and his counterpart of Kawempe North Muhammad Ssegirinya has said they are
finding roadblocks in having a judge to hear the duo's bail application.
Speaking to the media today, Lukwago said that all the judges of the High court
are shying away from hearing the application following comments by President
Musvenei castigating the judiciary for granting bail to people suspected of
committing capital offences like murder.
Last month the two MPs were granted
bail by the Masaka High Court judge Victoria
Nakintu Nkwanga Katamba but were rearrested shortly
after they were released from Kigo prison.
Before getting bail, the two MPs had
been arrested and charged with terrorism, treason, and murder associated with
the bijambiya killings in the Masaka sub region that left 26 people mostly elderly
dead. Fresh charges of murder were read to the two MPs following which they
reapplied for bail. Now Lukwago says they are failing to make headways with the
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However, speaking to Uganda
Radio Network, Johnson Karemani the spokesperson of the judiciary challenged
Lukwago to name the judges who have declined to hear the MPs’ application.
Karemani said there are shortages
of judges now as many are currently hearing election petitions.
“There are currently no
judges to hear the application because they are currently hearing election
petitions across the country," he said. "The principle judge definitely will allocate the
file to someone to hear that application. So, it is wrong to say that judges are
shying away from the case.”
Meanwhile Dr Kizza Besigye has
expressed shock to learn from the media today that the government lost interest
in case in which he was charged with treason following his arrest in 2016.
was in May 2016 arrested and charged with treason after he announced and swore
in himself as the duly elected President of Uganda. However, the Daily Monitor
newspaper reported today that the then Director of Public Prosecution then Mike
Chibita in December 2019 wrote to the Nakawa court discontinuing the case
without stating any reason. Dr Besigye today told the
media that neither him nor his lawyers were ever told about the withdrawal.
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Responding to this, Karemani
said there was no way how they could reach Besigye who had vowed never to
return to court.
“You remember that Dr
Besigye said he was never going to go back to court on that particular issue," Karemani said. "How would we reach him to tell him about the withdrawal? But under normal circumstances,
the accused person is normally told about the withdrawal of a case against him;
but it can’t be court to begin looking for you when you are no longer interested
in the matter.”