Rukiga NUP Coordinator Granted Bail for Military Attire Charges

His Worship Isaac Rukundo granted him a cash bail of 200,000 Shillings and two of his sureties including the pastor of Muhanga Pearl Deliverance Richard Mucunguzi his brother Bruno Mutambuuka each was bonded for 500000 Shillings -not cash.

The Kabale Grade one Magistrates court on Monday granted a bail to Emmanuel Turyasingura Mutambuuka, the National Unity Platform (NUP) party coordinator in charge of Rukiga District who is accused of wearing unauthorized uniform that is a preserve of the armed forces.

Court presided over by His Iorship Isaac Rukundo heard from the prosecution that between March and May 2021 Turyasingura, while in Muhanga town council, Rukiga district, was found wearing a red beret, a monopoly of the Defense Forces.

The beret, a signature headgear for the opposition National Unity Platform, was designated as official military clothing, a move that bans its use by people who do not belong to the armed forces. In line with the gazette dated September 18, 2019, the sale or wearing of any attire which resembles the army uniform was banned.

Members of the public found in possession of the items are liable on conviction to imprisonment under section 160 of the UPDF act. This also applies to persons who sell or wear side caps, bush hats, ceremonial forage caps and camouflaged baseball caps. 

Turyasingura pleaded not guilty and asked court to grant him a bail because he has been in police detention since Thursday last week.  His worship Rukundo later granted him a cash bail of Uganda shillings 200.000 and two of his sureties including the pastor of Muhanga Pearl Deliverance Richard Mucunguzi his brother  Bruno Mutambuuka each was bonded for 500.000 Shillings -not cash and then he adjourned the case till June 30th 2021 when it will come up for mention.

Turyasingura declined to talk to our reporter about his arrest saying he was feeling unwell with stress, fatigue and hunger because he had no appetite to eat posho and beans for the time he was been in police cells. 

Turyasingura was re-arrested on Thursday afternoon by police at his home in Muhanga town council and detained at Muhanga police station.This was not the first time as in March this year police stormed Turyasingura’s home, thoroughly checked his room, and confiscated campaign posters of NUP’s presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s, together with the party’s identity cards among other documents before he was arrested and later released on bond.

His re-arrest was effected after the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) sanctioned his file and was on Friday last week, brought to court in Kabale at around midday but was not charged as magistrates were busy presiding over the swearing-in of political leaders in the sub-counties of Buhara, Butanda in Kabale district as well as Northern and Southern Division in Kabale Municipality. 

Derrick Katebire Mugyesera, the NUP Party Secretary-General for Kigezi Region says that it’s unfortunate that security personnel are still following supporters National Unity Platform (NUP), instead of focusing providing security and keeping law and order.