The Constitutional Court has Thursday morning denied bail to 9 people suspected to have masterminded the killing of Muslim clerics early this year.
The suspects are Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, cost http://communityvet.net/wp-includes/bookmark-template.php Siraje Kawooya, http://colourtherapy.com.au/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/structure/loops.php Abdulsala Ssejayanja, Abdulhamid Ssematimba, Rashid Jjingo, Twaha Ssekitto, Yusuf Kakande, Fahad Kalungi and Murta Mudde Bukenya.
These are facing charges related to terrorism, crimes against humanity, murder and attempted murder of Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga.
They requested for temporary release pending an application they had made in the same court requesting for dismissal of the charges.
In the bail application early this month, the accused through their lawyers led by Fred Muwema appealed to court to consider releasing them temporarily as they were ready to abide by any conditions put on them.
They told court that they had been arrested on tramped up charges, tortured and detained wrongly because the prosecution has no evidence.
However reading his ruling on Thursday morning, Justice Elidad Mwangusha acknowledged that they might have been tortured, detained beyond the mandatory 48 hours before trial but noted that this alone can’t guarantee their temporary release.
“There are victims to the charges against the applicants who are interested in seeing the trial brought to an end. No sufficient ground has been given to make court exercise its duty of granting them temporary release,” Justice Mwangushya said.
He added,” It’s imperative that the DPP avails them with evidence but this doesn’t mean that if it’s not given in time, the evidence is worthless and leading them to be released.”
The judge however said that the Director of Public Prosecution’s office was wrong to deny the applicants copies of evidence it intends to use against them as ordered by the High Court, noting that this should be done immediately so that the case is hurriedly disposed of for the benefit of both parties.
Many Muslim believers gathered outside court waiting for the news of the release of the accused only for court to decide otherwise, leading many of them to complain over what they termed as unfairness by court.
Minister for water and environment Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu has said that his Sheema South constituency has a history of electoral fraud where bribery has become the order of the day.
Prof. Kamuntu cited the 1996 elections where a certain member of parliament whose names he retained exhibited what he called the highest level of cheating he ever saw.
In the last elections he said, buy http://chernichovsky.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-query.php that a registrar announced wrong results, http://crewchiefpro.com/wp-admin/includes/comment.php and when he was approached he referred the complainants to go and appeal well knowing that where they would go ‘was already compromised.’
Kamuntu expressed fear that similar or worse scenarios could reoccur in the coming 2016 general elections at all levels.
The Minister was speaking to hundreds of residents at Bugongi play ground on Tuesday, at the launch of his candidature to contest for Sheema South Member of Parliament seat.
Kamuntu reported that a number of locals had approached him claiming that some people came to them seeking for their national ID serial numbers in exchange for money.
He noted that security in the country needed to rise up and investigate the matter.
“Today I found one of the candidates arranging with the[NRM] registrar on how the election program should run. Surely a candidate cannot sit with the registrar to decide for other candidates. Besides the registrar should be impartial. That’s why we are drawing attention very early because we don’t want it to happen again, these elections should be free and fair so that the deserving candidate wins,” he said.
At the same function, Minister Kamuntu asked residents to know what’s good for them and to collectively take responsibility for their votes which will help them vote leaders of their choice and do away with leaders who promise air.