Crime & Investigation

ISO Chief Maj. Muramagi Secretly Freed

sales sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Muramaji who is accused of hatching plans to assassinatevisit web sans-serif; color: #222222;”> some MPs, government officials and other army officers on March 25, applied for a bail citing a serious illness backed by a letter from his personal physician indicating that he ought to have periodical treatments on top of presenting four sureties to stand for him.

His lawyers led by Capt. Nasser Drago, Allan Sseruliika and Nsubuga Mubiru, further presented an introduction letter from the Director of ISO Brig. Ronnie Barya, for the four sureties including Majors; Jackson Kakuru, Haguma Kategyeka, Charles Ndawula and Merizadeki Were.

However, last week on April 9, prosecution led by Capt. Fredrick Kangwamu, dragged feet on granting the UPDF major bail, citing that the four sureties were not substantial because their identity cards didn’t clearly indicate their identities as they had no ranks and army numbers.

Capt. Kangwamu further explained that the sureties were not honest and could not stand for the accused since the introduction letter they presented from the ISO boss indicated that they had been granted a three-month permission to travel to various places on official purposes but didn’t clearly show the purpose of the pass out.

However, Muramaji’s lawyers told court that the introduction letter from the ISO boss acted as a movement order because it permitted the four UPDF majors to move anywhere in the court’s jurisdiction.

The defence lawyers further told court that UPDF has different divisions and that the Identity cards presented by the sureties were from ISO where they serve the army and are therefore, authentic.

However, the Makindye based army Court Martial Chairman, Brig Moses Ssentongo, adjourned the case to Tuesday April 15, 2014 to rule on the bail application.

In what looks like a twist of events, Muramaji was released on April 10, a day after court had hesitated on granting him bail.

According to sources that preferred anonymity, Maj. Muramaji was released in the afternoon hours of April 10.

“It was done abruptly at around 2:00pm and only a few of his relatives were around as he was released on bail,” revealed the source.

According to another source, Muramaji was released due to his ever deteriorating health and this was done to enable him get treatment.

The former Spymaster in charge of marines was in February this year arrested and charged for conduct, disorder and neglect to the prejudice to the good order and discipline of the defence forces under Section 178.

It is alleged that he conspired to kill MPs and other senior government and army officials.


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