Suspected M23 Collaborators Denied Bail


stuff geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe based his decision on lack of substantial sureties.

visit this site geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Each of the suspects was supposed to present two sureties. However, most of the sureties presented had no permanent place of abode while others were food vendors at St. Balikundebbe market.

“Are there other sureties?” asked Kazaarwe. “Because these you have presented before court are not substantial. They have no permanent place of work and so it will be difficult for court to find them in case the suspects fail to show up.”

The majority of the suspects didn’t have passports either, to deposit in court.

One of the suspects tried to call upon a one Okello, who was seated in court to stand as surety for him.

However, this was rejected by Kazaarwe, saying, “Okello, are you a professional surety? At least I know you face you are always presented (here) as a surety. If you don’t say no then it is a yes”.

He didn’t answer and the case was adjourned to Tuesday for the suspects to either be remanded or re-apply for bail.

The suspects include, Abdul Noor Avi a politician in the DRC, Patrick Muke, a Congolese peasant, Kazi Kamate a DRC national, Adrian Muhumuza a taxi driver and John Bosco Ruhinda, a security officer.

The six last appeared in Court on 3 September when they took plea and were later remanded at Luzira Prison.

They are facing four counts of human trafficking and one count of engaging in recruiting Ugandan migrant workers without license – an offence contrary to section 7(1) of the Employment Act.

Prosecution alleges that on July 19, the suspects and others still at large while at Kalita Bus Park in Kampala, recruited and sheltered John Rwasingo, George Bajema, Abrahamin Bajema and Stephen Ssebunya, whom they transported to Kasese District with intent to smuggle them into DRC to join rebellions by means of deception for purposes of exploitation.


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