By Sania Babirye
State prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya has asked Buganda road court to cancel the bail application of the 42 year old Controversial Makerere university researcher Dr.Stella Nyanzi. He accuses her of breaching one of bail conditions by attacking state prosecutor in the case via her Facebook page.
This morning Muwaganya read a face book post that Dr. Nyanzi allegedly wrote on her Facebook page claiming that members of the bar wore unfitting Chinese coats.
Muwaganya states that any attack on the members of the bar is an attack on the trial court which needed immediate redress through cancelling Dr.Nyanzi’s bail or setting more tough bail conditions.
Muwaganya says that state lawyers cannot proceed with the case under such situation where Dr.Nyanzi is continuously attacking them for doing their job.
Although court bared Dr.Nyanzi from writing or discussing any matter related to case as one of her bail conditions Dr. Nyanzi was angered on Wednesday after state prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya told court that he was not officially served Dr.Nyanzi’s application in which she is seeking a stay of proceedings of the case until her constitution petition in which she is challenging the mental treatment act is heard and disposed.
Chief magistrate James Eremye Mawanda has however reserved the ruling on the matter until he determines the mental examination application.
By Babirye Sania
Four Police officers who are accused of touring the mayor of Kamwenge Geoffrey Byamukama have been granted bail by Buganda road court.
Chief magistrate Jamson Kareemani has released D/ASP Patrick Muramira and D/ASP FredTumuhairwe on a 2 million cash bail each while the other two Habib Roma and Ben Odeke have been granted a one million cash bail.
The magistrate has ordered them to deposit their national identity cards, passports to court and temporally bared them from accessing their former place of work until investigations into the case are complete
The four have also been ordered to report to court twice every week starting on the 16th of June 2017.
On Friday last week the four were charged with two counts of torture and causing grievance harm and pleaded not guilty
Prosecution led by Nelly Asiku states that on the 5th/April 2017 at Ministry of Lands in the office of commissioner William Turyomurugyendo within Kampala district, the accused picked Mayor Byamukama and unlawfully used iron bars and batons to beat him thereby causing wounds on his knees and ankles.
The officers allegedly committed the said offenses while in the course of performing their duties as they transported Byamukama in police van Reg . UAT 460Y.
By Babirye Sania
The deputy registrar of the high court criminal division Emmanuel Baguma has further remanded to Luzira prison a one Baker Walusimbi charged with the 2006 murder of three university female students.
Baguma explained that the trial judge Yasin Nyanzi was away in Nakasongola on other court duties.
Last month justice Nyanzi gave a 30 days ultimatum to trace the whereabouts of the two court assessors in the case after principal state attorney Gladys Nyanzi informed court that the whereabouts of the acessors are still unknown.
The judge reached the decision after court failed to rule on the case that had stalled for 11 years because of the disappearance of the assessors since 2006.
Justice Nyanzi had ruled that he will be forced to grant unconditional bail to Walusimbi if by today the registrar had failed to locate the whereabouts of the two court assessors.
The judge further noted that the suspect has had his rights to a fair and speedy trial violated for the past 11 years that he has been on remand awaiting the determination of his case.
The judge explained that if the office of the registrar finally locates the two court assessors by then, the state can re arrest Walusimbi have him charged and committed to stand a fresh trial for the different murder counts.
He said that in case this happens the case will be the longest retrial after 11 years when Walusimbi was first committed for trial.
Walusimbi was arrested on January 21st/2006 as a result of a joint crack unit by police when 2 female bodies were found raped with slit throats but dumped in different areas in Kampala.
He was consequently charged before Buganda Road Court with 3 counts of murdering Moreen Nabbale, Jacqline Najjombwe and Maria Kaitesi.
By Sania Babirye
Anti corruption court chief magistrate Agnes Alum has granted a five million cash bail to state Minister for Labour , Employment and Industrial relations Herbert Kabanfunzaki.
The state minister has also been ordered to deposit his passport and two land titles that he owns with his wife in court until the case is dispossed.
The chief magistrate ruled that the minister had no criminal charges pending against him and that his surities were substantial.
The state had asked court to deny Hon.Kabafunzaki bail on grounds that he is likely to abscond once released and due to his status as an MP and state minister he might use it to interfere with witnesses.
However the magistrate dismissed their application saying court can not deny him bail on mere speculation.
By Sania Babirye
The Rwenzururu kingdom Prime Minister Thembo Kitsumbire has been released on bail. Jinja High court judge Eva Luswata granted Kitusumbire a non -cash bail of 75 million shillings while his sureties entered into a non cash bond of 100 million shillings each.
Court set other bail conditions similar to those set for the temporary release of the Rwenzururu king Charles Wesely Mumbere. Kitsumbire’s movements have been restricted to districts forming the Kasese region. While releasing Kitsumbire on bail, court put into consideration his advanced age of 62 , grave illness ; hypertension, ulcers and prostate related problems which cannot be handled in prison.
The Rwenzururu kingdom premier has been on remand at Luzira prison since December last year on charges of murder, terrorism and treason in connection with November 2016 violence in Kasese district that left more than 100 people dead. . He is charged alongside Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere and more than 170 royal guards.
Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been granted bail.
Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata said Mumbere does not have any history of jumping bail and had presented a list of prominent Ugandans as his sureties. These include MPs Winnie Kiiza, William Nzoghu, Harold Muhindo, Robert Centenary and former Rwenzururu Prime Minister Constantine Bwambale.
Mumbere was ordered to sign a non-cash bond of 100 million Shillings. His sureties will also sign a non-cash bond of 100 million Shillings each. He will not be allowed to travel to the districts of Kasese, Ntoroko, Kabarole and Bundibugyo during his time on trial.
Mumbere was arrested on November 27, 2016 following UPDF-led operations in Rwenzori region that culminated into the attack on the Palace of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu. The army was reported to be searching for persons suspected to be involved in attacks in Rwenzori region.
He, together with over 150 Royal Guards, were subsequently charged, with terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery and attempted murder.