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Tight Security as UYD Youths Reapply for Bail

Security was Tuesday heightened at the Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court as five of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) youths, who were recently arrested at Parliament and remanded for inciting violence and assaulting a police officer, appeared for their bail application.

The five are Moses Bigirwa, Allan Kitonsa, Juma Kayondo, Haruna Nsibuka and Hakim Kizza. These had earlier on applied to be released pending trial of the matter but the same court denied them bail, sparking chaos at the court house.

In the brawl that ensued, some of the suspects’ relatives assaulted the state Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya and state Prosecutor Peter Mugisha, while the applicants themselves engaged in a scuffle with Police and Prisons officers as they refused to return to the cells.

The five through their counsels Abdulah Kiwanuka, Kenneth Paul Kakande and Nabukeera Hanifa reapplied for bail, presenting two sureties each.

Unlike other prisoners, these appeared in court escorted by ten prison warders including two senior staffs who stayed in court from the beginning to the end.

Before the sureties stood up for recognition, the magistrate asked the lawyers to replace one of the sureties, Slander James Black who she accused of misconduct and described him as disrespectful.

“I can’t take that surety because of his conduct; I remember him very well. While in my chambers he pointed a finger in my face which is unusual. I wonder what would have happened if we were alone in that room,” she said.

This prompted Counsel Abdulah Kiwanuka to apologize to the magistrate before substituting the surety.

The lawyers, in their defense of the bail, insisted that the suspects have not made a guilty plea and therefore must be presumed innocent.

One of the suspects Allan Kitonsa through Counsel Abdulah Kiwanuka informed court that he is sick and needs medical services from a private health facility.

The bail application was however challenged by State Prosecutor Peter Mugisha stressing, “These people are seeking bail in the same court they disrespected. Investigations in the matter are complete and the prosecution is ready for hearing. There is no delayed trial for that case.”

The accused were further remanded to Luzira until Wednesday when the ruling will be delivered, while the hearing has been fixed on 13th October 2016.

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