There was chaos at the Nakawa Magistrates Court on Thursday as 22 people suspected of participating in the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi returned to court for mention of their case.
The Nakawa Grade One Magistrate Noah Ssajjabbi remanded them back to Luzira until 29 June, approved 2017 after being told by state prosecutor Racheal Nabwire that investigations into their case were still ongoing.
The counter terrorism police, JATT and Prisons, following a fracas the during the previous sitting, beefed up security at court, disallowing the relatives of the suspects access to the court premises on top of thorough checking of everyone else that entered court.
After court, the relatives who had kept calm turned rowdy over what they termed as unfair treatment and denial of access to court by security.
“Court is a public place that no one should be stopped from accessing. All the way from Mbarara and by 6am we were in Kampala to attend court only to be blocked,” ranted one Edith Tusingwire.
“When will this stop because even on the next appearance we might not be allowed.”
Amina Nakubulwa from Busia said that even at Luzira prison, the relatives are not given enough time to interact with their relatives.
“Why should they treat us as foreigners in our own country? Why is government pressing us too hard yet we know our relatives didn’t commit any crime,” Nakubulwa, a relative to Ahmed Shaban Ssenfuka cried.
As the Prison Bus left court back to Luzira, the blocked relatives were seen emotionally waving to the suspects.
A group of 22 people are charged with masterminding the killing of Kaweesi in March at his home in Kulambiro together with his bodyguard and driver.
The suspects include Abdu Ashid Mbazira , Higenyi Aramazan Noordin alias Abdallahzack, Mugerwa Yusuf alias Wilson, Bruhan Balyejusa alias Masiga Jimmy Oguttu.
Others are Maganda Umar Aramathan, Ahamad Senfuka Shaban alias Sheik Tawheed, Hassan Tumusiime, Ibrahim Kissa alias Colonel Ibra, Osman Mohammed Omarete alias Hirya, Magamabo Hamidu alias Kan Yam, Abdu Majid Ojerere, Kyambadde Joshua Magezi alias Abdu Rahamanand Sheik Musa Ntende Abubakar.