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Court Martial decides today on bail for jailed NUP supporters

The army court chaired by Brig. Gen Freeman Mugabe last week adjourned the case to today after the prosecution requested not to grant the suspects bail, saying they will interfere with investigations.

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The General Court Martial at Makindye in Kampala will today (Monday, April 3, 2023) rule on whether grant bail or not to the 32 jailed National Unity Platform (NUP) party supporters all battling charges related to illegal possession of explosives.

The army court chaired by Brig. Gen Freeman Mugabe last week adjourned the case to today after the prosecution requested not to grant the suspects bail, saying they will interfere with investigations.

The Suspects

The suspects include female hawker Olivia Lutaya, 27; Davis Mafabi, 29; Abdallah Gibusiwa, 23; Livingstone Katushabe, 35; Swaibu Katabi, 30; Siraji Mudebo, 66; Joseph Muganza, 45; and Stanley Lwanga, 26.

They are charged alongside Rashid Sseguja, aka Chairman, 36; Yasin Ssekitoleko, aka Machete, 28; Mesach Kiwanuka, 30; Abdallah Kintu, 35; Umar Emma Kato, 27; Musa Kavuma, 23; Ibrahim Wandera, 33; Albert Nagwere, 49; Steven Musakulu, 52; and Jimmy Galukande, 26, among others.

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The charge

The prosecution alleges that between November 2020 and May 12, 2021, in diverse areas of Jinja, Mbale, Kireka, Nakulabye, Kawempe, Natente, and Kampala Central, the accused had 13 pieces of explosive devices, which are ammunition ordinarily a monopoly of the defence forces.

The group was arrested in Kalangala District while on the campaign trail of then-presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine.

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They face charges of being in unlawful possession of ammunition contrary to Section 3 (1) and (2) of the Firearms Act.

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