By Elizabeth Ankunda
26th Sept 2022
The Makindye General Court Martial has denied bail to the 31 National Unity Platform-NUP supporters battling charges of illegal possession of explosive devices.
The suspects are Yasin Ssekitoleko alias Machete, Robert Christopher Rugumayo, Ronald Mayiga, Muhydin Kakooza, Patrick Mwase, Simon Kijambo, Abdu Matovu, Richard Nyombi, Olivia Lutaaya, Ronald Kijambo, Sharif Kalanzi, Joseph Muwonge, Mesach Kiwanuka, Abdallah Kintu, Umar Emma Kato, and Musa Kavuma among others.
Prosecution alleges that between November 2020 and May 2021 in diverse areas of Jinja, Mbale, Kawempe, Kireka, Nateete, Kampala Central these people were in possession of thirteen (13) pieces of explosive devices which are ammunition ordinary the Monopoly of the Defense forces.
When the matter came up for ruling on Monday, military prosecutors led by Raphael Mugisha asked the court to deny bail to the accused persons on grounds that they lack substantial sureties and their release will interfere with the investigations.
However, the suspects through their lawyers led by George Musisi protested the prayers by the prosecution, saying that they have spent fifteen months on remand without the prosecution informing them when the investigations will be complete.
Musisi adds that no evidence has been brought by the state to pin the accused persons ever since they were put into government detention and matters to do with substantiality of sureties are discretion of this Court.
The case was adjourned to 11th October 2022 for further ruling.