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New Charges For Nebbi Election Rioters

The Chief Magistrates Court in Nebbi has slapped new charges against the 27 suspects who were arrested last year for causing chaos during the local council elections.
The Chief Magistrates Court in Nebbi has slapped new charges against the 27 suspects who were arrested last year for causing chaos during the local council elections.

The suspects were arrested on March 8th 2011 after they allegedly caused chaos that resulted into the beating of election officials and destruction of property in Pakwach town council.

They were remanded to Koch government prison on Tuesday after the chief magistrate amended the charge against them.

The suspects include former Pakwach town council LC3 chairperson, Thopyny Thopaco Ongiertho and former LC5 candidate Thogang Wilfred among others. New charges of unlawful assembly, inciting violence during election and stealing election materials were read to them but the suspects pleaded not guilty.

According to Nebbi chief magistrate, Herbert Birungi, out of 27 who were supposed to report to court only 11 reported and only 4 applied for bail because they had substantial sureties with bail fee of 300,000 shillings. The four suspects were granted bail.

According to Thopaco Ongiertho, the amended charges against them were not binding and they are just aimed at disturbing their peace.

Thopaco says when they were remanded last year they were asked to pay 200,000 shilling before they were given bail and wondered why the same court wants them to pay more money when their bail has not been cancelled.

But the magistrate insisted that the suspects have been charged with new offences and before they go home they must pay the bail charges.

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