Kyadondo East MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has been charged with disobeying lawful orders at Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kampala.
Prosecution submitted Thursday afternoon that Ssemujju defied orders by RPC Siraje Bakaleke to stay home under preventive arrest which the state said is contrary to Section 117 of the Penal Code Act.
The lawmaker was arrested today from Kireka on grounds that he intended to participate in unauthorised political assemblies.
Ssemujju on Monday announced FDC’s plans to hold rallies in Kampala and Eastern Uganda as part of a wider party mobilisation strategy ahead of the 2016 elections.
Police insist the rallies are illegal as long as organisers do not liaise with the law enforcement body in preparations.
The Electoral Commission also maintains that campaign rallies must wait until the nomination of candidates in the 2016 polls.
Pleading for bail, Lukwago said Ssemujju is an “Honourable Member of Parliament and FDC spokesperson which shows he is a responsible citizen.”
Lukwago further told court that his client has been subjected to “inhuman arrest by police” that left his family traumatised.
The ousted Kampala Mayor went further to argue that Lukwago deserves immediate medical attention after being arrested from his residence in Wakiso before being driven at break-neck speech to Nagalama then later Kira Road Police Stations and finally court.
Lukwago said Ssemujju needed to visit his physician and a remand in jail would aggravate his currently worrying health status.
Clad in suit and blue tie, Ssemujju was clam throughout the court session.
He presented three sureties for bail which was granted despite prosecution’s objection.
State had argued that releasing the suspect would jeopardise ongoing investigations into the matter.
Ssemujju proved having a fixed place of abode before paying Shs 500,000 cash for bail.
The Chief Magistrate Flavia Nasuuna ruled that failure to honour bail conditions would see the sureties pay a fine of Shs 1m each.
The MP returns to court on October 18 for hearing of the case.
The Forum for Democratic Change has reported to the minister of Internal Affairs what it describes as the “abduction” of the party’s 2016 presidential flag-bearer, buy information pills http://davescheapbikes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/related-posts.php Dr Kizza Besigye.
The Acting FDC President, approved http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php Reagan Okumu who is also a Parliament Commissioner on Thursday wrote a strong letter to Minister James Baba saying Besigye was today morning “picked by unknown people who took him to an unknown destination.”
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Okumu tasked the minister to demand from Gen Kayihura the location for Dr Besigye.
Dr Besigye was arrested today morning by police as he tried to leave his home in Kasangati for a number of party activities in Eastern Uganda.
“Sir, I bring to your notice that today at 10:17am, Dr. Kizza Besigye was abducted in my presence and that of the other FDC leaders from a path to his residence just 23 meters away from his gate by people in police uniform,” part of the letter reads in part.
Besigye was at first detained at Nagalama Police Station before being transferred to Kiira Division Police Station.
Okumu said in his letter that, “When Kasangati Police Station was contacted, Dr. Besigye was not there. Now we are afraid of his of whereabouts as recent events have exhibited.”
The MP said he tried registering the case at Kira Road Police Station only for an officer on duty to ignore him.
“The OC CIID Kira Road Police could not help me to register the case at 11:53am. I am therefore reporting to you the case of abduction and by copy of this letter asking the IGP to urgently follow this matter and let us know the whereabouts of our flag-bearer.”
He said FDC wants free and fair elections.
Citing the Political Parties Organization Act, Okumu said FDC is allowed as a legally registered party to exercise its freedom in preparing for the 2016 national elections.
Deputy Police spokesperson, Polly Namaye said Dr Besigye was arrested by police and remains safe in the hands of the law enforcement body.
“We (police) arrested Dr. Besigye in the morning when he refused to take orders from officers on uniform,” said Namaye.
“He is safe at our station in Nagalama as we prefer charges against him.”
Meanwhile, Kyadondo East MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has been charged with disobeying lawful orders at Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kampala.
He denied the charges before granted bail.