Government has asked the Law Development Centre (LDC) Court to allow it amend the charge sheet to institute new charges of unlawful assembly against 18 Makerere University students.
The revelation was made this morning by state attorney, Betty Agola before court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Esther Nasambu.
The students, according to the old charge sheet, faced charges of unlawful society in connection to the February 18 violent strike at Uganda’s oldest university. The students are accused of participating in a violent strike following the University’s decision to have all the private sponsored students pay at least 60% of the fees by the sixth week of the semester.
The students deny the charges. They include; Gordon Lule, 23, Peter Lowestain,20, Paul Kiggundu,19, Gloria Katushabe,24, Lionel Muhwezi,20, Jacob Eyelu,20, Emmanuel Nyero,19, Clinton Kanyali,20, Javira Kigenyi, 22 and Samuel Kanamwangi who is aged 22.
Others are; Mr Jack Obong,23, Mr Henry Kata,22, Mr Hassan Waswa,22, Mr Kenneth Ogola, 23, Mr Eric Kizito,20, Mr Charles Waluganda,23, Mr Ramathan Kawoya,20 and Mr Gilbert Turyasingura, 21.
Due to this new development of amending the charge sheet, the hearing of the case that was slated for this morning, could not take off.
Court subsequently, adjourned the matter to April 23 for mention.
Shortly after court had adjourned the matter, Nicholas Opio, the students’ lawyer, explained that the state has realized that the old charge of unlawful society could not be sustained since the students don’t belong to any society like 4GC that has been outlawed by the minister of internal affairs as unlawful.
But he said the new charge of unlawful assembly is sustainable by the state.