By Ivan Mwine
The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) General Court Martial has Tuesday granted bail to 17 supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
However, the same court denied Bobi Wine’s backup singer Ali Buken aka Nubian Li and bodyguard Eddie Ssebuufu aka Eddie Mutwe plus 16 others bail and adjourned the matter to June 8th when their application shall be heard.
The 17 suspects who were granted bail are part of the 35 NUP supporters who have been on remand at Kitalya Prison after they were arrested on December 30, 2020, in Kalangala district, where they had gone to be part of Bobi Wine’s campaign trail.
Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, the Court Martial Chairman, released the 14 on noncash bail of Shs20m each while their sureties were bonded at Shs50M noncash each.
The released include; Samson Sekiranda, Mude Ntambi Robison, Don Sharif, Katamba Robert, Kyabangu Pumper, Kigongo Faiso aka Ras Faizo, Mulilira Musa, Sam Mutumba, Mukasa Husein, Sunday John Bosco, Tamale Fahad and William Nyanzi.
Some of the sureties court found substantial include; MP Mathius Mpuuga, David Rubongoya, Waswa Bufumbiro, MP Joel Senyonyi, who all NUP stalwarts.
According to Gen. Gutti, the court granted bail to those who were found to be sick and in need of urgent medical attention which they couldn’t get while in detention.
He however noted that those who were granted bail have been ordered by the court not to travel outside of Kampala and Wakiso districts without the court’s permission and to report on the dates they are required by the court without fail.
All the 35 were charged with unlawful possession of ammunition and government stores and although they had earlier on been granted bail, they were rearrested by the army and have been in detention since then.