By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Today, Monday, February 15th, 2021, musician Ali Bukeni alias Nubian Li and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s head of personal security Eddie Ssebufu alias Eddie Mutwe, together with 34 others have appeared at the General Court Martial in Makindye for the hearing of their bail application.
These have been remanded at Kitalya Maximum Security Prison since their arrest on December 30, 2020 in Kalangala islands when National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine had gone to campaign for presidency.
News reaching us indicates that the Court Martial has denied them bail. While rejecting the group’s bail application on Monday, the Chairman of the General Court Martial, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti based his ruling on grounds that if these are released, they will continue inciting violence.
This court finds that if released on bail, the accused will continue acts of violence. Bail is therefore denied.” Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti ruled, remanding the accused to Kitalya prisons until the next mention of the case.
Why are civilians tried in the Court Martial?
The general public has been wondering why Eddie Mutwe, Nubian Li, and others at large including the 13 that were granted bail last week are being tried in the General Court Martial, where it is alleged that these were in illegal possession of ammunition.
Prosecution alleges that on January 3, 2021, 49 suspects and others still at large, were found in possession of four rounds of ammunition at Makerere Kavule Kigundu zone, in Kampala district, which is a monopoly of the defence forces.
According to prosecution, the accused are subject to military law by virtue of Section 119 of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces Act, 2005.