By Ivan Mwine
The army General Court Martial in Makindye, Kampala, has again denied bail to 36 National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s supporters, among them Eddie Ssebuufu aka Eddie Mutwe, Ali Buken aka Nubian Lee, among others.
The 36 NUP supporters who were arrested in Kalangala District in December last year while on one of Bobi Wine’s campaign trails and have been on remand at Kitalya Prison since then, have been remanded again until May 25th, 2021.
They were supposed to appear in the same court last week for their bail application hearing but they did not appear after their lawyers were informed that the Court Martial Chairman Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti was sick.
They include; Hassan Ssemakula alias Abdu Solider, Kenny Kyalimpa, Robinson Mudde Ntambi, Lukeman Mwijjukye alias Kampala, William Nyanzi alias Mboggo, Muhammad Nsubuga alias Edobozi, Ali Buken alias Nubian Li, Edward Ssebufu alias Eddie Mutwe, Adam Matovu, Shakira Namboozo alias Suki, Ibra Tamale, Muzafalu Mwanga alias Main Gate Muwa, Stanley Kafuko alias Kysta, Achileo Kivumbia and Geoffrey Onzima alias Tower.
Others are Anthony Agaba alias Bobi Young, Robert Kivumbi alias Mighty Family, Samson Ssebiranda alias Giant, Sharif Najja alias Don Sharif, Brain Ssemanda alias Dictator Museveni must go, Robert Katumba, Charles Mpanga, Geoffrey Mutalya, Geserwa Kyabagu alias Pympah, Baker Kalyango, Faisal Kigongo alias Ras Fazo, Musa Mulimira, Sam Mutumba alias Papa Sam, Richard Kalema alias Ricardo, Alex Karamagi alias Dog City Kadogo, Daniel Oyerwot alias Dan Magic, Hussein Mukasa alias Oshea, John Bosco Sunday alias JB, Isma Muganga alias Jaja Isma, Fahad Tamale and Bashir Murusha.
“Our comrades who appeared at the General Court Martial today for their bail hearing have yet again been sent back to Kitalya Prison. Even those who presented medical records to show that they are very sick and in need of urgent medical attention. The quest for justice and freedom might be long and sometimes frustrating, but in the end, every pain and effort will be worth it,” Bobi Wine wrote on social media about his supporters.
The 36 members of the opposition party are facing charges of illegal ownership of ammunition.
At least 13 out of 49 of those arrested were granted bail by the same military court but their movements were restrained by the army. Most suspects were charged with six counts, including inciting violence and assaulting police officers on duty, among others.
Those released had to pay non-cash bail of $5,400 and their sureties were each bonded $13,500 not cash.
The General Court Martial has given prosecution up to May 25 to respond to the bail application by the 36 detainees.
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