Sejusa to Challenge Denied Bail

Gen David Sejusa arrives at the General Court Martial in Makindye on Tuesday

Tomorrow Tuesday February 16th marks the end of the three months campaigning period for the presidential candidates.

Kampala central however, more about order is anticipated to be the center of attention where the two main contenders Col Dr Kizza Besigye and the incumbent President Museveni are anticipated to climax their campaigns.

Dr Besigye was today scheduled to be in Kampala Central but both his rallies at Nasser Road and Makerere University were blocked by police in a scuffle that one person has so far been confirmed killed.

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By publication time, approved the FDC candidate was still being held by police at Wandegeya where his procession was curtailed from returning to the city center.

According to the opposition party’s spokesperson Hon Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, illness Besigye is likely to combine today’s rallies with Tuesday’s.

As per his campaign program, he was supposed to conclude with Nakawa division in Kampala District.

“We are going to have a meeting this night and we might decide to squeeze the two day’s work in one, tomorrow,” said Nganda on Monday evening while appearing in NTV.

In this case, Nganda says the campaign will have to follow the constitution which places the closuring time of campaign season at midnight.

This would be in disregard of the Electoral Commission’s guidelines which stipulate the all campaigns have to end at 6pm.

Meanwhile, President Museveni who was today in West Nile and Jinja Municipality is expected tomorrow to hold his final rallies in Mukono South and later at the Kololo Independence grounds.
Following the General Court Martial Chairman Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga’s ruling this morning against his bail application, more about former head of intelligence General David Sejusa has instructed his lawyers led by David Mushabe to file in an appeal in the Court Martial  of Appeal challenging this decision.

Addressing journalists outside court after the session, Mushabe revealed that they have started up on the process of filing an appeal which they expect to be heard soon.

Sejusa in dock

Sejusa in the dock

“Our client is not satisfied with today’s ruling and any time from now we are going to hand in our filed submission to the army Court of Appeal. I cannot divulge the details but with time you will get the grounds for this appeal,” he said.

The Makindye Court Martial denied Gen Sejusa bail on grounds that having served in top government positions and being a UPDF General, he was most likely to interfere with the state witnesses since most of them are army officers below his rank.

Court believes Gen sejusa is unlikely to honor the bail terms

Court believes Gen Sejusa is unlikely to honor the bail terms

Court pointed out that Sejusa is accused of participating in political party activities and absence without official leave and that it was highly probable that once released, he would participate in the same activities.

Chairman Karuhanga further revealed that court was not contented with the defendant’s decision to present two civilian sureties, Dr Deo Kizito Lukyamuzi and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. These he said cannot exercise the duties of a surety on a General.

Counsel David Mushabe

Counsel David Mushabe

“We don’t find any of the sureties with any measure of capability not only to arrest the applicant if they have a reason that he is about to abscond from court but even to comprehend the fact of his arrest” remarked Karuhanga.

Sejusa was remanded to Luzira Prison until March 11, when prosecution is expected to produce three witnesses pinning him.


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