Court heard that security intercepted the accused persons on their way to court and took them to Makindye Military barracks before they appeared before the General Court-martial on charges of illegal possession of ammunition before they were remanded to Kitalya prisons.
Eleven National Unity
Platform-NUP party supporters in Masaka accused of inciting violence and acting
in a manner likely to cause the spread of a dangerous disease are out on bail. Masaka
Chief Magistrate, Charles Yeteise released the accused persons on Tuesday after
spending more than two weeks in prisons.
Key among those
released on bail are Ali Bukenya alias Nubian Lee, Edward Ssebufu alias Eddie
Mutwe and Stanley Kafuko, Mwijukye Lukman Kampala, Rachel Akiki and Shamira
Nabukalu. Court heard that
security intercepted the accused persons on their way to court and took them to
Makindye Military barracks before they appeared before the General Court-martial
on charges of illegal possession of ammunition before they were remanded to
The accused person, who
appeared in court via zoom from Kitalya prisons, told the court that their lives
are deteriorating since they have been denied access to medical services, close
relatives and their lawyers. Although the court granted
Nubian Lee and his colleagues bail, they did not leave prisons before of the
charges before the court-martial. Only those in Saaza prison in Masaka have
regained temporary freedom.
The accused's lawyer, Alexander Lule told the court that he had instructions from
his clients to apply bail for them and presented 11 sureties. The state
prosecutor, Amina Akasa did not raise any objection to the bail application. She
instead asked the court to issue criminal persons for five NUP supporters who were
absent in court to appear in the next court sitting.
Yeteise granted the accused person cash bail of Shillings 200,000 each. Each of
their sureties executed a non-cash bond of Shillings 1million. He also directed
the Kitalya prisons authorities to allow the accused persons to access their
lawyers and a few close relatives and to allow those that are sick access to medical services.
He adjourned the
matter to February 11 for further hearing. Meanwhile, the Masaka grade one
magistrate, Christine Nantege has ordered lawyers of the accused persons who raised
concerns of gross violations of human rights to present their client’s
complaints to the right forum to ensure that they get justice.
The accused persons told the court that despite being in prison on January 3,
2021, they are being framed by security authorities that they were in Makerere Kavule
where they were reportedly found with four bullets. They want the magistrate
to write to the court-martial and remind them that on the said the date the
accused persons were in prison custody in Masaka.