case http://charadas.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/tonesque.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Butera cited witnesses’ refusal to provide incriminating testimonies against the youth who have been at Luzira maximum Prison since 2009.
The youth were accused of burning down Nateete Police Station and cars at the facility’s compound during the chaotic riots that rocked Buganda region in 2009 after government blocked Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s trip to Kayunga district.
Butera argued the witnesses feared public reprisals and could therefore not proceed with prosecution without evidence against the suspects.
This compelled High Court trial Judge Ralph Ocan to free the suspects.
They are Livingstone Jeselo, Musa Sengendo, Kassim Ntanzi, Juma Ssekyanzi, , Sadat Luswata Buyungo, John Gafumba and Roger Zinda.
The trial has since turned into a circus thus exposing Uganda security services’ inability to collect ample evidence before rushing for prosecution of suspects in courts of law.
On April 11, Ochan released the first group of Buganda riot suspects, citing lack of evidence to incriminate them.
They were Bob Kakembo, Adad Kibuka, Paul Kiguli and Bashir Mutyaba.
Ochan had earlier turned down prosecution’s plea to amend the charges by including destruction of property and rioting.
There was mayhem in Buganda region in 2009 when hundreds of youth violently took to the streets to protest government’s decision barring Kabaka Mutebi from travelling to Kayunga for a cultural function.
Property worth billions of shillings was destroyed and lives lost during the anarchy that swept the central region.
Government argued then that Kabaka’s life was in danger since Kayunga had expressed determination to secede from Buganda.