The Anti Corruption Court has granted bail to two youth supporters of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi after a week in detention.
They include Omodo-Omodo, 29, the National Vice Chairperson of the NRM Youth League in Northern Uganda and Adam Luzindana Buyinza, 31, the national vice chairperson of NRM Youth League Kampala.
The duo is accused of abusing their authority when they fraudulently solicited, bribed, induced and tricked NRM members and mobilisers into signing a petition to convene a delegate’s conference to challenge party resolutions. They allegedly committed the offenses between January and March this year.
The two youths were first charged before court on Wednesday last week. But court denied them bail on grounds that most of their sureties apart from Jacqueline Mbabazi, were of their caliber.
Upon finding their six sureties substantial today, the accused persons were tasked to make a cash bail deposit of UGX 5 million and deposit their passports in court. Their sureties will each be required to execute a non cash bond of UGX 200 million and at least two of them deposit their passports with court.
“In regard to bail terms, abuse of office may not be considered a grave offense but because it’s a corruption related offense, such an offense of this nature must bear a reflection of the offense. In all, court finds merit in the bail application and hereby grants bail to each of the accused,” ruled Grade One Magistrate Michael Lagara.
Former Minister Hope Mwesigye Ruhindi, Noam Karagendo, an advocate with Equator law advocates, Dennis Namara, chairman NRM youth league and senior Presidential advisor on the youth, Juma Godfrey Okalabo , a technical director with Multicon associates stood surety for the suspects.
Others were Ruhindi Evas, a director at Emira associate and Ibrahim Kasozi, a managing director at Bico engineers and contractors.
Jacqueline Mbabazi, the wife to Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was also present at court though this time she did not stand surety for the suspects as she did last week.
Prosecution led by Ms Jane Abodo; told court that investigations into the matter were not complete before asking court for more time.
By press time, the suspects were still in the court holding cells as arrangements to have the bail money banked were in progress.
The suspects return to court on May, 2 for mention of their case.
They were represented in court by Chris Bakiza, Michael Akampurira, Severino Twinobusingye, John Mary Mugisha, Patrick Machiika Mugisha and Dues Sembuya.