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Abdallah Kitatta the ruling party chairperson for Lubaga also patron of the infamous vigilante-cum-militia outfit,  Bodaboda 2010 has made a second bail application before the General Court Martial.

Kitatta is charged with being in illegal possession of warfare material, a monopoly of armed forces. Kitatta's first application was denied in June 2018 on grounds that the sureties provided were not substantial enough to compel him to appear in court and his connections in police could help him interfere with investigations.

 

Today's application comes barely a week after the General Court Martial granted bail to the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura, who was charged for issuing guns to members of Boda-boda 2010, a group of vigilantes headed by Kitatta. The group was on several occasions accused of disrupting opposition rallies in several parts of the country.

Abdallah Kitatta

 

Today, Kitatta tried his luck again and asked court to release him on the grounds that his health was deteriorating and Makindye military barracks where he is detained, cannot offer him the specialized treatment that he's badly in need of.

Through his lawyer Siena Owomugisha, Kitatta also argued that bail was his constitutional right and he has a place of abode in areas near the jurisdiction of the Court Martial. He tabled documentary evidence that he has three places of abode near the General Court Martial which included Nakasaja in Mukono, Lubaga division and Entebbe road.

 

Kitatta produced three sureties who included a State House employee identified Sulaiman Walusimbi. Walusimbi told court that he is public relations officer of State House Nakasero. The second surety was Mohammad Kibirige, the general secretary of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party in Rubaga division and the third was Abu Matovu the chairman LCI Ddundu Parish, Kyampisi sub-county in Mukono district.

Prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha, however, asked the court to grant them two weeks to allow them to peruse through the application which was filed on August 30 as well as details of the sureties so as to file a response to the application.

Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, the chairman of the General Court Martial allowed the request of the prosecution and adjourned the application hearing to September 17, 2018.

Kitatta was arrested in January 2018 together with 10 other Bodaboda 2010 members who include; Matia Senfuka, Joel Kibirige, Hassan Ssemata, Jonathan Kayondo, Ssengooba Hassan, Sande Ssemwogerere, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Amon Twinomujuni. They were all charged with offences related to unlawful possession of military hardware.

The prosecution alleges that on January 21, 2018, in Wakaliga, Rubaga division, Kitatta, Sowali Ngobi and Ibrahim Sekajja were found in unlawful possession of a sub machine gun having police registration numbers and a pistol without a valid firearm license, contrary to Section 3 and section 2 of the Fire Arms Act.

The ten are also accused of unlawful possession of 30 and 20 rounds of ammunition for SMG rifles and pistol contrary to section 161 of the UPDF Act.

They are alleged to have also been found in unlawful possession of military equipment including headgear and uniforms which are a monopoly of the defence forces.

Kitatta has since sued the Attorney General and the General Court Martial in the High court for charging him in a military court yet he is not a member of the armed forces.

3 months 1 week ago

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has issued a statement for the first time since his arrest on August 14.

In the statement, Bobi narrates the torture he endured at the hands of presidential guards and the extra effort army doctors undertook to get him back in shape before he could be presented to the public. Bobi alongside 32 others have been charged with treason for allegedly stoning President Yoweri Museveni's convoy in Arua on August 13. 

Below is the full statement

 

Fellow Ugandans, friends and well-wishers from around the world, I am sorry, I have taken a bit long to write to you about the trials and tribulations, for which you all stood with me.

It's been tough days, as I recover from the physical and mental trauma I endured. I am overwhelmed by your support and words of encouragement. I cannot repay you in any other way, except sticking to those values which bind all of us together- justice, equality and human dignity.

 

I will be communicating more in the coming days and where possible send my appreciation to the different individuals and organizations. In this post however, I want to recount what exactly happened to me. I am very grateful to my wife Barbie, and my lawyers who narrated to the world these events, but I also wanted to tell this sad story PERSONALLY.

Bobi Wine

I felt more compelled to speak out after reading the many posts written by President Museveni and other government officials about what happened. I read the things they were saying while I was in detention, and found them absurd to say the least. I was shocked on how they tried to downplay the atrocities committed by security agencies on innocent citizens.

So let me set the record straight. It was 13th August and it was the last day of campaigns in the Arua municipality by-election. As always we had a great campaign day. As I left the rally, I was convinced that our candidate Hon. Kassiano Wadri would win the election.

 

So we moved from the rally at about 5:30pm and the people followed us, singing songs of freedom and chanting “People Power - Our Power.” Together with Hon. Kassiano and a few other leaders, we parted with the multitude, bade them farewell and went into Royal hotel where Hon. Wadri was staying.

We watched the 7:00pm news from the hotel lobby as we took tea and took stock of the day’s events. It was of course very exciting to watch that day’s news. The anchor said we were clearly ahead of the other candidates and the television relayed images of the massive rally and procession we had had on that day.

Shortly after, I decided to move to Pacific hotel where I was staying so as to rest after the very busy day. It was at that point that I sat in my tundra vehicle, in the co-driver’s seat. The gentleman who was driving the tundra that day is one of our drivers (not Yasin).

He moved out of the vehicle to call other team members who were supposed to drive with us. He took a bit long and I moved into my other vehicle (a land cruiser) which was right next to the tundra and whose driver was already seated on the driver's seat.

We immediately set off for Pacific hotel. I did not even see what happened after or how late Yasin ended up on my seat in the tundra. For clarity, he had been driving another vehicle that day. I had started taking the stairs to my room when this driver came running to say that Yasin Kawuma had been shot. I could not believe it.

I asked him where he was and he told me they were parked outside the hotel. We paced down and I saw with my own eyes, my friend and comrade Yasin, giving way as he bled profusely. I quickly asked a team member to take him to hospital and another to call the police.

We had not stepped away from that place when angry looking SFC soldiers came, beating up everyone they could see. As soon as they saw me, they charged saying “there he is” in Swahili. So many bullets were being fired and everyone scampered to safety.

 

I also ran up into the hotel with a throng of people who had gathered around. Inside the hotel, I entered a random room and locked myself in. It is at that point that my media assistant shared with me Yasin’s picture which I tweeted because the world needed to know what was going on.

I could hear the people outside and in the hotel corridors crying for help. I could also hear the soldiers pulling these helpless people past the room in which I was, saying all sorts of profanities to them while beating them mercilessly.

I stayed in the room for a long time. At some point, I heard soldiers pull some woman out of her room and ask her which room Bobi Wine had entered. The woman wailed saying she didn’t know and what followed were terrible beatings.

I could hear her cry and plead for help as she was being dragged down the stairs. Up to now, that is one experience that haunts me; that I could hear a woman cry for help, yet I was so vulnerable and helpless. I could not help her.

I stayed put for some hours, and I could hear the soldiers come every few minutes, bang some doors on my floor or other floors and go away. At different times I would sleep off, but was always rudely awakened by the banging of doors and the impatient boots that paced throughout the hotel for the whole night.

In the wee hours of the morning, the soldiers started breaking doors of the different hotel rooms. With rage, they broke doors, and I knew they would soon come to my room. I therefore put my wallet and phone into my socks. I also had with me some money which I had earned from a previous music show.

I also put it into the socks. A few minutes later, a soldier hit my door with an iron bar and after two or three attempts the door fell in. We looked each other in the eye as he summoned his colleagues in Swahili. Another soldier pointed a pistol on my head and ordered me to kneel down.

 

I put my hands up and just before my knees could reach the floor, the soldier who broke into the room used the same iron bar to hit me. He aimed it at my head and I put up my hand in defence so he hit my arm. The second blow came straight to my head on the side of my right eye.

He hit me with this iron bar and I fell down. In no minute, all these guys were on me- each one looking for the best place to hurt. I can't tell how many they were but they were quite a number. They beat me, punched me, and kicked me with their boots.

No part of my body was spared. They hit my eyes, mouth and nose. They hit my elbows and my knees. Those guys are heartless! As they dragged me out of the room, they continued to hit me from all sides. After some time, I could almost no longer feel the pain.

I could only hear what they were doing from a far. My cries and pleas went unheeded. The things they were speaking to me all this while, I cannot reproduce here. Up to now, I cannot understand how these soldiers who I probably had never met before in person could hate me so much.

They wrapped me in a thick piece of cloth and bundled me into a vehicle. Those guys did to me unspeakable things in that vehicle! They pulled my manhood and squeezed my testicles while punching me with objects I didn’t see.

They pulled off my shoes and took my wallet, phone and the money I had. As soon as the shoes were off, they started hitting my ankles with pistol butts. I groaned in pain and they ordered me to stop making noise for them.

They used something like pliers to pull my ears. Some guy unwrapped me and instead tied the thick cloth around my head. They forced my head below the car seat so as to stop me from shouting. Then they hit my back and continued to hit my genitals with objects.

The marks on my back, ankles, elbows, legs and head are still visible. I continued to groan in pain and the last I heard was someone hit me at the back of the head with an object - I think a gun butt or something. That was the last time I knew what was going on. By the time I became conscious again, I was somewhere in a small room with a small window. My legs were tied together with my hands with very tight cuffs.

I was bleeding from the nose and ears. I was in great pain. My whole body was swollen. I was shaking uncontrollably. Two soldiers came in. I can now recall that they were visibly pleased to see that I was still alive. They came close to me. One of them apologized in tears about what had happened.

"Bobi, I am sorry but not all of us are like that. Some of us actually like you," he said. He said that doctors were on their way to treat me. I stayed in the same position and after a few hours, about four soldiers came in and lifted me on a piece of cloth.

 

One of them took a picture of me, (I hope to see that picture some day in my life). As we went out, I read “Arua airfield’ somewhere. I was taken into a waiting military helicopter and taken to a place which I later found out was Gulu 4th Division military barracks. It was at that facility that some military doctors came in and started giving me injections.

At that point I could not even complain as I was not yet fully alert. I was very dizzy and had not eaten or drank anything for many hours. My sight was very weak as well. I spent the night there. Late in the night, I was picked again from this detention facility.

With my head covered with a dark cloth that felt like a t-shirt, I was taken to Gulu Police Station where I was forced to sign a written statement by an officer called Francis Olugo in the presence of some other officer who I later learnt is the CID head of Gulu.

I can hardly recall what was contained in that statement! I was then returned to Gulu military barracks, put on a metallic bed and handcuffed on it. Very early morning, I was picked from this room and taken to another very secluded and dirty room where I was put on another bed, hand-cuffed again and injected with a drug that immediately sent me into a deep sleep.

The following day I can recall that at some point, Hon. Medard Ssegona and Hon. Asuman Basalirwa came to me. My efforts to rise and speak to them didn’t yield much. The moment they saw me, they could hardly hold tears. I have a faint recollection of what they told me, but their visit was very short. I was later carried into a hall where I saw soldiers dressed smartly.

 

I would lie if I said I fully appreciated what was going on at that point. I was later told that I was appearing before the General Court Martial!!! After a short while, I was again carried into a military helicopter. When it landed, I was put into a vehicle and driven to another place which I later found out was Makindye military barracks.

At Makindye, I was now fully alert and had a drink for the first time after two or three days. I saw doctors come in several times and they gave me all kinds of injections. At some point, I tried to object and these guys would hold my arms from behind and inject me anywhere. If I asked what drug it was, the guy would say something like, “This is diclofenac, can’t you see?”

At some point, some guy came in and wanted to stitch my ear which had an open wound. I pleaded with him not to, and he relented. All the while I was spending the day and night with my hands and legs cuffed until a few days later.

Thankfully although the scars are still visible, the wound on my ear healed. It was after some time at Makindye that I was able to see my wife and my brother Eddy Yawe, who came in with some lawyers, some friends and dignitaries from the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). I will never forget the atmosphere in that room- people started crying upon setting eyes on me.

At that point, I could not sit, walk or even stand by myself. I was still swollen and spoke with great difficulty due to chest pains. My teeth were shaking and the headache was unbearable. I am thankful that the UHRC made a report which I later read.

At least it captured in part, the state in which they found me. As the government agency mandated to fight human rights violations, I am eagerly waiting to see what actions they will take to ensure that no Ugandan is taken through this ever again.

Not even President Museveni. I cannot wish what happened to me upon anyone. Not even those soldiers who violated me as if they were beasts. I remember two other things about that visit. Despite the pain I had that day, I remember forcing a smile when they told me that I had been charged with unlawful possession of firearms.

I was told that three guns had been assembled and said to have been found in my room! I could not believe that the state would torture a Ugandan so bad and then frame him with possession of guns! I did not stop thinking about that for all the days I spent at Makindye.

How ruthless, how callous, how inhumane could these guys be? It was also on that day that I was told about the alleged stoning of the President’s vehicle. The other thing I remember is this- I asked my visitors if we had won the Arua election.

They told me we had won with a big margin and I thanked God. That strengthened my spirit because I knew that the people were with us, even in the kind of sufferings and indignities we were being subjected to. I was very sad as I am today, that they murdered my brother Yasin in cold blood and did not allow me to bury him.

They told me about my other comrades who were also incarcerated and I kept praying for them. (Of course every visitor had to speak to me in the presence of military personnel.) Although I was very pleased to see all visitors, when I was released, I read the comments which some of the visitors made to the press (particularly government officials).

I felt sad that we have a lot of dishonest, cold people who don’t care riding on someone’s tragedy for political capital. I want to believe that we are better than that, dear Ugandans. Anyway, while at Makindye I was briefed that I was expected in court on 23rd August, about nine days after I was taken there. Some military doctors continued to come in to inject me, wash my wounds and give me pain killers.

At night on two occasions, I was put into military vehicles and driven to Kampala Imaging Centre for scans. I could not object or even ask questions. I am worried because one of the machines seemed very dangerous. As soon as I was placed into it and it was switched on, the doctors ran to a safe distance and started seeing me from a small window.

It was there that the radiologist told me how one of my kidneys and back had been damaged during the assault. I was however not given any written medical report by the military. It was clear they wanted me to appear in better shape at the next time of my court appearance and they did everything possible to achieve that.

A day or two at Makindye, this guy was candid. He told me it was in my interest to eat well, take in all the medicine and look better by 23rd or else they would not allow the press to see me and I would be remanded again until I was presentable enough!

They even forcefully shaved my hair and beards. When I hesitated, this soldier told me, ‘gwe osaaga’ (You are kidding). Two of them held my hands from behind and shaved me by force. At some point, they insisted I must wear a suit for my next appearance before the court martial and asked me to tell my wife to bring me one. I also insisted that I did not have it.

At another point I hesitated to allow some eye drops for my right eye which was very red and swollen. I always wanted to know what drugs I was being given. These guys held my arms from behind and one of them literally poured the entire bottle into my eye!

Later, the military doctor also provided me with a crutch to aid me in walking. At that point, I was able to stand up, although with difficulty. When you hear all this you may think that all our soldiers are brutal. Far from that, most of them are wonderful people.

There are many I interacted with during this ordeal who were extremely professional and sympathetic. It was hard to comprehend how people serving the same force, putting on the same uniform could be very different in appreciation and approach to a citizen of Uganda.

When I was taken back to Gulu on 23rd, I was very happy to see the people who came to court including family members, comrades in the struggle and lawyers. I cannot explain how I felt when the lawyer for the army said that charges of unlawful possession of firearms had been dropped. I did not feel vindicated. I was not excited. I was not moved. I just cannot explain how I felt.

I just remembered what these people had done to me and tears came to my eyes. Shortly after, I was rearrested right in front of the courtroom and taken to Gulu prison. At the military prison, I was wearing a red uniform - this time, I was given a yellow one. Friends, you cannot believe that you can be happy to be in prison but that day I was.

I was very happy to leave solitary military confinement and meet up with colleagues who were being held at the Gulu prison. That night I was taken to Lachor hospital in Gulu- other tests and scans were conducted. At that point I was feeling better, especially psychologically since I had reunited with my comrades in the struggle.

Later that night the prison authorities decided to take me into the sickbay as opposed to staying with the other comrades. The other comrades led by Hon. Wadri protested. I could hear them bang the doors of their cell. The following day I was allowed to stay with them.

The following day I was allowed to stay with them. This is when I interacted with the other 32 colleagues who had been arrested in the Arua fracas. Being in the same prison ward with Hon. Gerald Karuhanga, Hon. Paul Mwiru, Hon. Kassiano Wadri, Hon. Mike Mabike, John Mary Sebuufu and many other comrades made it feel like a boarding school. It was not a very happy reunion though.

Because of the torture some of our comrades had been permanently injured. I cannot forget the pain which Shaban Atiku was going through. He spent every day and night groaning. The doctors had told him he would never walk again because his back had been permanently broken. Sadly, the world may never know him, but he will never go out of my mind.

He would later collapse during a court session at Gulu. When I later met the women who were brutalised, it was very painful to see them and listen to their stories. Many times we joked about the possibility of being hanged if the regime decided to give us the maximum penalty of the offence we had been charged with! This got many of our comrades silent.

Away from these sad moments, the overall prison leader had a box guitar in the ward and together we sang songs of freedom all night. This was the routine every night until we appeared before the Gulu High Court a few days later, for our bail hearing.

My next communication will be a vote of thanks to the world for the overwhelming support and comradeship. I will also talk about what I think we must do together to continue this struggle for liberty and freedom. I am glad that authorities finally have bowed to your pressure and #HonZaake has been given bond to travel for urgent specialised treatment and I join the world to demand authorities to #FreeEddyMutwe and other political prisoners.

WE SHALL OVERCOME. PS:

1. Please ignore calls from my phone number (0752013306). It was taken from me by soldiers and am told they're using it to call my friends pretending it is me.

2. Please ignore any communication from other social media accounts and pages under my name apart from this one (with a blue tick) and my verified twitter account (also with a blue tick).

3 months 1 week ago

Kampala. Prof Venansius Baryamureeba has asked Ministry of Education and Inspector General of Government to investigate Makerere University Business School (Mubs) to establish the extent to which the institution has been mismanaged.
Prof Baryamureeba who was dismissed by a council he chaired for almost six years yesterday said his attempt to streamline operations at the institution always met resistance from the school’s Principal Prof Wasswa Balunywa.

“The rot at Mubs that has been going on for years under the watch of Prof Balunywa is mindboggling. My attempt to address some of these issues has been slowly but surely putting me on a collision path with the Principal of Mubs,” Prof Baryamureeba said during a media briefing.
He said he had written to the minister of Education Janet Museveni asking government to intervene in the issues that he believes are destroying the business institution and is yet to receive a response.

“President Museveni has stated several times that he went to the bush to fight bad governance, bad leadership, corruption and other ills in society and I believe him. The First Lady and Minister of Education is a born again politician. It is my belief that it is in their best interest and the interest of government to weed out bad leadership and corruption,” Prof Baryamureeba said.
He added: “…Prof Balunywa after being reappointed feels he is larger than life. His capture of Mubs Council is short lived and shall lead to his downfall.”
He cited issues of institutionalised corruption at Mubs, gross mismanagement and abuse of office, claimed that management headed by Prof Balunywa had captured Council, the institution’s supreme organ and that the latter had failed to implement council decisions which made their work difficult.

“There is illegal recruitment, appointment and dismissal of staff by management. Management is causing financial loss to Mubs,” he added.
Mubs spokesperson, Mr Peter Odoki yesterday said Prof Balunywa was out of the country and that Prof Baramureeba’s assertions were not new as the IGG has probed them before.
Mr Odoki explained that Council’s decision to withdraw Prof Baryamureeba’s membership two weeks ago was in accordance with the law.

Background
Following President Museveni’s re-appointment of Prof Balunywa as Mubs’ principal in May, the council set up a committee on July 12 to review Prof Balunywa’s relationship with his boss Prof Baryamureeba with an aim to reconcile the duo. The council had given the committee three months to submit the report.

However, on August 14, Mr Francis Yosa, the secretary to Council wrote to Prof Baryamureeba without giving reason informing him that the council had withdrawn his membership.
“You hereby cease to be a member of the Mubs council with immediate effect,” the letter read in part.
Mr Isaac Ngobya, Prof Baryamureeba’s vice chairperson replaced him as Mubs Council chairperson.

Prof Baryamureeba yesterday also questioned the integrity of the council’s committee, saying they didn’t have the moral authority to investigate him.
The ministry’s permanent Secretary, Mr Alex Kakooza, said he was out of the country and asked that the undersecretary, Mr Aggrey Kibenge respond to our questions.
However, Mr Kibenge said he wasn’t privy to the information at his level, directing this newspaper to the Director Higher Education, Mr Robert Odok Oceng who promised to inquire from the State Minister for Higher Education Dr Chrysostom Muyingo.

3 months 2 weeks ago

Kampala. The new Chief Registrar of Courts of Judicature Esta Nambayo, last evening, promised to use her tenure to minimise the challenges the Judiciary is facing.
President Museveni in his August 7 letter to the chairman of the Judicial Service Commission, Mr Benjamin Kabiito, notified him of having named Ms Nambayo as the new substantive Chief Registrar of Courts of Judicature.
In her maiden interview with this newspaper last evening, Ms Nambayo said: “I feel happy about this appointment. I am glad that the appointing authority has entrusted me with this office that comes along with huge responsibilities. The office is demanding but I promise to do my level best.”
“I will look at the Judiciary’s four-year strategic plan and accomplish those tasks that are still pending. I will also work on the Judiciary challenges like corruption whether real or perceived, low funding and transfers,” she added.

Previous appointment
Ms Nambayo, who prior to her appointment was the deputy registrar of the Commercial Court, now replaces Paul Gadenya, who was in February, this year, elevated to a High Court judge.
“In the exercise of the powers vested in the President by Article 145 (2) of the Constitution, I hereby appoint Ms Nambayo Esta as the Chief Registrar of the Courts of Judicature,” the President wrote.
The cited provision states that “the Chief Registrar and a registrar shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission”.

Justice Kabiito wrote to Ms Nambayo yesterday, to “notify your worship of your appointment by HE (His Excellency), the President, as the Chief Registrar of the Courts of Judicature.”
Following the elevation of the then Chief Registrar Gadenya to the position of High Court judge, Mr Isaac Muwata became the understudy.
A Chief Registrar is the fifth topmost position in judiciary hierarchy after, in descending order, the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice, Principal Judge and the Secretary to Judiciary.
The core functions of the office include implementation of policies and directions of the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice and the Principal Judge.
Ms Nambayo becomes the second female Chief Registrar after Justice Flavia Anglin Senoga, now a High Court judge.

Who Nambayo is
She holds two masters degrees; in Law and Management studies.
Born in Busia 50 years ago, Ms Nambayo studied at Tororo Girls’ School for O-Level, completed her A-Level at Mackay Memorial College in Natete, a Kampala suburb, before obtaining a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University.
She has previously worked as the deputy registrar at the High Court, Land Division and Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court. She previously served as acting Assistant Registrar of Land Division as well as the Chief Magistrate at Mengo, Nakawa and Makindye courts in Kampala.
In fact, she juggled being a Chief Magistrate with acting deputy Registrar of Mbarara court after rising from Magistrate Grade One at Luwero, Nakasongola and City Hall courts.

Legal career
The new Chief Registrar began her legal career as the legal officer with International Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA).
Ms Nambayo presided over the trial of the suspected killer of the then Butaleja District Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.
She convicted Adam Suleiman Kalungi, the key suspect, of manslaughter and sentenced him to four years imprisonment. However, the High Court later overturned the judgment and freed Kalungi.
She is married with two children.

3 months 2 weeks ago

Kampala. Former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura, has listed 11 grounds in a bid to convince the General Court Martial that will sit today in Makindye, Kampala to release him on bail.
Gen Kayihura was last Friday charged with two counts of “failing to protect war materials” and one count of “aiding and abetting kidnapping from Uganda” of Rwanda nationals while he was an IGP.
The grounds listed by the former IGP that he filed before the court yesterday are; constitutional right to apply for bail, charged with bailable offenses, been in unlawful detention since June 13 and was only charged last Friday, has substantial sureties, he is of advanced age (62) and has never been charged or convicted of any criminal offence before.

Former Inspector General of Polic

Former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura arrives at the General Court Martial on Tuesday. Photo by Alex Esagala

Grounds
The other grounds are; strong belief in his innocence and that he is ready to prove that whenever the trial commences, sole bread winner for his family, has a fixed place of abode in Muyenga, Kampala, has a health complication that needs specialised treatment, and will not abscond court.
According to our sources, the sureties to bail out Kayihura are; Maj Gen James Mugira who is the managing director and chief executive officer of the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC), the business arm of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF); Entebbe Municipality MP Rose Tumusiime and Maj Gen Samuel Kavuma, the deputy commander of Land Forces of UPDF.
Gen Kayihura’s lawyers of Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA), had last Friday pleaded with the court to release their client on bail shortly after he was formally charged but the chairman, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti ordered them to file grounds first.
The chairman promised to hear Kayihura’s bail application today.

Gen Kayihura has been in detention at Makindye military barracks for the last 75 days.
According to the charge sheet, Gen Kayihura between 2010 and 2018 on various occasions, allowed the issue of arms and ammunitions to unauthorised persons, Boda Boda 2010 headed by Abdullah Kitatta, who is currently on trial before the same court.

Accountability
Under the second count of failing to protect the war materials, the prosecution alleges that the four-star general between 2010 and 2018 failed to supervise and ensure accountability for arms and ammunitions issued to the units referred to as specilised under the office of the IGP.

Sympathisers of Gen Kayihura l

Sympathisers of Gen Kayihura line up to attend the General Court Martial hearings. Photo by Alex Esagala

The units are named as; flying squad, specilaised operations, witness protection and the crime intelligence directorate of the Uganda Police Force.
The last charge of aiding or kidnapping from Uganda, the prosecution alleges that Gen Kayihura between 2012 and 2016, by omission and commission, aided and abetted the actions of subordinate police officers and others on various occasions, without hindrance to kidnap and illegally repatriated Rwandan exiles, refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda.
The former IGP denied all the three charges on Friday.

The law

Section 122 (1) of the UPDF Act, reads that a person subject to the military law who fails to protect war materials, misuses or sells them, commits an offense and on conviction, is liable to suffer death.

3 months 2 weeks ago

Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has been admitted to Lubaga Hospital.

Bobi Wine who is facing treason charges was on Monday granted bail by Gulu High Court that was presided over by Justice Stephen Mubiru.

Thirty two other suspects including Arua Municipality MP-elect, Mr Kassiano Wadri , Jinja East MP, Mr Paul Mwiru, Ntungamo Municipality MP, Mr Gerald Karuhanga and a host of other political activists were also granted bail.

Bobi Wine who left Gulu town in an ambulance arrived at Lubaga Hospital at about 10pm.

A crowd of boda boda riders and three police patrol cars accompanied the ambulance up to the medical facility.

Bobi's arrival at Lubaga created some security breaches as supporters entered the medical facility through several gates.

He was checked in Clinical Ward 1 which is next to the ward where Mityana Municipality MP, Mr Francis Zaake, who has been receiving treatment at the hospital for two weeks.

 

Nurses and other medical workers crowd the aisle leading the ward where Bobi Wine was admitted. Photo by James Kabengwa

Mr Zaake and Bobi Wine were arrested and tortured by security operatives a day before the Arua Municipality by-election.

Mr Zaake is yet to be charged because he “escaped” from detention.

Mr  Wadri, Bobi Wine’s wife and some family members were at the hospital.

The detention and torture of the politicians has attracted widespread local and international condemnation.

 

3 months 2 weeks ago

Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and his Mityana municipality counterpart Francis Zzake are still in pain but out of danger, deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah said. 
 
Oulanyah today morning visited Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine at Makindye military barracks and Zaake at Rubaga hospital. Oulanyah told journalists that Bobi, was 'uniquely in humorous mood' but said that the legislator feels a lot of pain in the back. He noted that although Kyagulanyi is still in a lot of pain, he is out of danger.

"He was able to come and sit with me on the table..and we talked, we joked, we were laughing but he is in a lot of pain. But besides that there is no other complication that Bobi Wine. And should there be any, we would be the first to know…Hon Bobi Wine is in uniquely humorous position." said Oulanyah. 

Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah addressing journalists about the state of the MPs Bobi Wine and Francis Zaake 

Following Oulanyah's visit, the army released an 8-second unclear video showing Bobi Wine dressed in red attire smiling. 

Bobi's arrest and alleged torture sparked off almost daily protests all over the country and global condemnation from within East Africa, Africa, Europe and America. Oulanyah condemned the torture of the MPs and the level of violence in the country which he said is worrying. 

"This situation should not have happened. Never should it ever happened. It is really sad, Hon Abiriga was brutally murdered and the campaigns to replace him in parliament has caused people this level of stress. It should not have happened, it was not necessary but it happened. What lessons do we draw from this?"

Both Bobi and Zaake were arrested together with several MPs and over 30 civilians for alleged treason when they alledgedly stoned President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade. 

The president's security stormed Hotel Pacific in Arua town where they roughed up the legislators. Bobi's driver, Yasin Kawuma was shot dead in the fracas at the hotel. No suspect has been apprehended in connection to the shooting.

3 months 3 weeks ago

In unprecedented move, the state has dropped all three charges against remanded Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

“I have instructions that the proceedings before this court under Regulation 65 of the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces procedure be terminated and the accused person be released henceforth,” the army prosecutor told court currently sitting at 4th Division UPDF headquarters in Gulu.

The state revealed that they want to add him on the charge sheet of the treason case in which fellow MPs are facing before a civil court.

The chairman of the Court Martial, Lt Gen. Andrew Gutti asked for ten minutes to make his ruling.

But shortly after the state expressed interest in dropping the charges, of being in unlawful possession of firearms contrary to the Firearms Act and being in unlawful possession of live ammunition, Medard Segona, one of the lawyers of MP Kyagulanyi cautioned the military court not to be used by government to fight political wars.

Bobi Wine was then taken to the Chief's Magistrate's Court in Gulu where he was charged with treason with 32 others. Gulu Court has remanded him until August 30th but allowed him to access medical attention in any private facility he so wishes under the security of the prison authorities

3 months 3 weeks ago

Kizza Besigye has been arrested and driven to Nagalama Police station. Earlier in the morning, Besigye woke up to find his house surrounded by police and police cars both at the front and back gate. When he tried to leave using the back gate, he was asked to get into the pickup there.

Besigye then tried to leave his house using the main entrance but police were stationed there with a police van. He then questioned them.

“What do you want at my gate,” he asked? The police did not say anything but bundled him up into the van and took him to Nagalama Police station.

Earlier in the day, the homes of the national mobilisation secretary for the Forum for Democratic Change Ingrid Turinawe; MP Makindye West, Allan Ssewanyana and Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago were also surrounded and police refused them to leave their houses.

3 months 3 weeks ago

The Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Thursday appeared before Gulu Magistrates Court where he was charged with treason.

He was then remanded to Gulu prison until August 30, 2018 when he will appear with his co-accused.

Bobi Wine first appeared before General Court Martial that sat in Gulu where the state exonerated him from the charges of illegal possession of firearms that he had been early charged with.

“I have instructions that the proceedings before this court under Regulation 65 of the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces procedure be terminated and the accused person be released henceforth,” the army prosecutor told court currently sitting at 4th Division UPDF headquarters in Gulu.

The state revealed that they want to add him on the charge sheet of the treason case in which fellow MPs are facing before a civil court.

But shortly after the state expressed interest in dropping the charges, of being in unlawful possession of firearms contrary to the Firearms Act and being in unlawful possession of live ammunition, Medard Segona, one of the lawyers of MP Kyagulanyi cautioned the military court not to be used by government to fight political wars.

Bobi Wine and his co-accused who are able to, have been allowed to access medical attention in any private facility they wish to go to, under the security of the prison authorities.

By Monitor Reporter

3 months 3 weeks ago

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