Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Kasese court denies Besigye’s aides bail

News updated at E-Society Kasese

A court in Kasese District has denied bail to two aides of Forum for Democratic Change president Kizza Besigye.
Mr Sam Mugumya, Mr Francis Mwijukye and Mr Robert Kasakwa, who reappeared before the Grade One Magistrate’s court on Monday, have been on remand at Mubuku Prison since October 5, charged with stealing two mobile phones and money.
Prosecution alleges that the trio committed the offence on August 4 at Maliba Trading Centre in Maliba Sub-county, Kasese District during campaigns for the recently concluded Woman MP by-election. The phones and Shs100,000 belonged to Mr Ismail Muyingo. The accused deny the charges.
However, there was drama in court when their file was called twice but blocked by State lawyer Michael Mwanja who, asked the court to adjourn for a lunch break. Upon resumption at 2pm, he again asked for an adjournment, saying the police officer handling their file was not in court.
Nevertheless, court started hearing the case and bail applications at 2:15pm with the state calling one witness, Mr Yeremia Sunday, 33, a resident of Maliba Sub-county. Mr Sunday caused laughter in court when he said he had never met the accused. “This is my first time to see these people but they are the ones who stole the phone,” he told court.
When the defence lawyer made bail applications for the accused, the State moved fast to block the application for Mr Mugumya and Mr Mwijukye. “Your worship, the suspects have no fixed abode within the jurisdiction of this court and may not be able to report since they come from far away. So, there is no need for them to be granted bail,” argued state lawyer Mwanje.
Mr Robert Kasakwa’s bail application was, however, accepted. Trial magistrate Patrick Bamuhiga adjourned the hearing to today when he is expected to make a ruling on the bail application.