Hearing of the case where the newly elected Makerere University guild president Paul Kato and 3 others are accused of holding unlawful demonstration in the city, pharmacy kicked off today with the arresting officer as the first Prosecution witness.
The guild boss together with Ronald Ainebyona, Edmund Kahigi and Crispus Waswa were arrested for holding an illegal demonstration to pressurize government to reopen then closed Makerere University.
PPC Tony Abalo informed court that on 7th November 2016 along Luwum Street, the accused brandished yellow placards in a demonstration and as they marched towards Mutaasa Kafeero, they blocked traffic flow.
Abalo says he quickly informed his boss the OC who extended the information to DPC of CPS who ordered for their arrest.
He says when taken to CPS, the accused failed to explain where they obtained permission to hold the demo and were therefore charged with unlawful assembly.
Abalo further informed court that at the time of the demo, Makerere University had been closed and the incident took place at around midday.
State prosecutor Emily Ninsiima asked for a short adjournment to have the remaining three prosecution witnesses summoned to court, and the Buganda Road chief magistrate Jamson Karemani pushed the hearing of the matter to 19th May 2017.