Three youths who were arrested last week in Mbarara for allegedly conducting a mock funeral of President Yoweri Museveni, didn’t show up in court today despite an earlier communication by police that they would.
The three are Abert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University (20), Rodgers Asiimwe (26) a Link FM presenter and Maxi Muhumuza.
The three were arrested with a coffin with an inscription “Rest in Peace Museveni,” and a portrait of the President on Thursday last week.
In the same coffin, were names of Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire and several other Members of Parliament?
These were protesting against a ploy to amend the constitution to remove a limit on the presidential age.
The trio was charged with sedition that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Early today, some of their friends and relatives led by Alex Mukanga gathered at the Mbarara High Court awaiting for the case, but the suspects were a no-show.
Muhangi and his group were incensed, telling reporters that the police’s actions of holding the suspects beyond 48 hours were beyond reproach and
Bright Muhumuza another friend said since Thursday, they made several attempts to visit the suspects and talk to them in addition to securing bond for them but were blocked.
The matter according to police sources appears to be crucial, as it warranted the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura to visit the area.
Kayihura arrived yesterday evening and held a series of indoor meetings with officers at CPS Mbarara where journalists were locked out.
Our efforts to reach the regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira were futile as he couldn’t return our calls.