July 8, 2013

Mayor Lukwago, Ingrid and Munyagwa Granted Bail

Three opposition politicians accused of inciting violence are out on bail. Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC women league chairperson, Elias Lukwago, the Kampala Lord Mayor and Kawempe division mayor Mubarak Munyagwa appeared on Monday morning before Amos Kwizera, the Kabale chief magistrate.

Police patrol Kabale Streets earlier in the day
Police patrol Kabale Streets earlier in the day

Details on the charge sheet are that, on 14th July 2012 while at a rally at Kabale municipal stadium, the trio incited the public to pelt cops with stones leading to the destruction of police vehicles and the injury of four cops. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail.

In his ruling, Amos Kwizera, the Kabale chief magistrate released the politicians in bond of 500,000 shillings each in cash. He also ordered each of their sureties to execute a non cash bond of 5 million shillings not in cash. Julius Tituryebwa, the speaker Kabale central Division and Colonel Dr. Kizza Besigye stood surety for Mubarak Munyagwa while Arthur Arinaitwe a businessman in Kabale town and Dr. Pius Ruhemurana, the Mayor Kabale municipality stood surety for Elias Lukwago, the Kampala lord mayor.

Sentaro Byamugisha, the Kabale central division LC III chairperson and Leopold Twesigye, the councilor for Kigongi ward stood surety for Ingrid Turinawe. The court room was packed to capacity as hundreds of residents turned up to follow the proceedings.

Heavily armed police maintained presence outside the court room to break up any procession by opposition politicians and their supporters. The suspects are expected to appear in court on August 5th for the mention of their case.

By the time of filing this story, the activists were still held up court room as they had not yet cleared bond fees.

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