Buganda Rioters’ Trial Flops


malady geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Justice Lamech Mukasa adjourned the trial to May, search saying he was busy writing rulings of other pending cases.

more about geneva;”>The Buganda suspects were picked from several suburbs of Kampala following days of anarchy in the city and remanded to Luzira.

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Buses were torched, houses razed to the ground and police stations burnt as hundreds of Buganda youth violently protested government’s decision barring Kabaka Ronald Mutebi from visiting the seceding Kayunga.

The Internal Affairs ministry said then Kabaka’s life was in danger. However, Mengo accused government of attempting to undermine the kingdom by facilitating breakaway districts.

It’s yet clear why the youth have never been put to trial since last September but the presence of heavily armed counter terrorism officials at High Court premises underscores the security threat posed by the suspects.

The trial comes days after Democratic Party threatened to protest over the suspects’ delayed detention.

Sympathizers who turned up for the court session included Moses Kasibante, DP legal advisor Mukasa Mbidde, Jude Mbabaali, MPs Florence Namayanja and Ken Lukyamuzi.


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