Dononzio Kahonda Mugabe, the embattled Member of Parliament for Ruhinda County in Mitooma district has this morning been granted bail by Jinja high Court Judge, Eva Luswata.
Kahonda was granted a non-cash bail of 100 million and his passport was retained by court, pending hearing of an appeal in which he challenges the 9 months sentence he was handed by Jinja chief magistrate Francis Kaggwa after convicting him of forgery and uttering false documents last month.
On June 7, Kaggwa convicted and sentenced MP Kahonda to 9 months in prison on eleven charges of impersonation, forgery and uttering false documents and was accordingly sent to Kirinya prison in Jinja to serve his sentence.
The charges stemmed from allegations that he uttered a Uganda Certificate of Education [UAC] to UNEB and pretended to be Mutabazi Levan Dickson whereas not.
He was also accused of having forged a medical report on UPDF entry form at the UPDF Military Academy in Jinja in the name of Mutabazi Levan Dickson and purported that the same document was genuine whereas not.
Dissatisfied with the verdict, Kahonda, a retired army captain appealed against it before the Jinja High Court and accordingly applied for bail pending the hearing of his appeal.
The MP challenged the jurisdiction of the Chief Magistrate’s Court of Jinja for having handled his case that did not originate from within local limits of the court and that the Chief Justice did not authorize this hearing as provided for under Section 7 of the Magistrates Court Act to cure the illegality, hence its decision was a nullity.
He also stated that he would argue before the High Court how the lower court convicted him of various counts of impersonation, forgery and uttering false documents without establishing the ingredients of the said offenses.
Mr Kahonda was on Friday picked from Kirinya Prison and produced before the Luweero Chief Magistrate Charles Sserubuga and charged with two fresh counts of forgery and uttering false documents.
Prosecution alleges that Kahonda forged an Ordinary level (O-level) and Advanced Level (A-level) Certificate of Education which were presented to Ndejje University for admission.
But Mr Caleb Mwesigwa, one of Kahonda’s lawyers says such charges against his client are another fishing expedition to ensure that Kahonda is swept of the political scene and kept in detention.
The lawyer questioned the urgency that caused his client’s immediate presentation before court in Luweero even when he was receiving medication for pneumonia and malaria. He however, claims that the rush was in anticipation that the Jinja High Court could grant him bail.