By Sania Babirye
City hall grade one magistrate Beatrice Kainza granted a 200,000U shillings each cash bail to Nine traders from Usafi market who are charged with assaulting KCCA law enforcement officers while on duty this month.
These were charged and remanded to Luzira prison on the 13th of this month after they pleaded not guilty to the offenses.
They have been ordered to return back to court on the 16th of May 2018 as investigations into the case continues.
Prosecution states that on the 13th of this month while at Usafi market the group led by 50year old Peter Simulema threw stones at law enforcement officer while on duty.
By Sania Babirye
Buganda Road Court chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda has granted five murder suspects bail.
The five are charged with causing the death of a Finnish national at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Nakasero within Kampala city.
Four of the suspects have been ordered to deposit ten million shillings each in cash while a one Caroline Alinda has been released on a court bond of ten million shilling.
The magistrate observed that Caroline was pregnant and it would be unfair to keep her in prison due to her delicate condition on top of not being able to raise the 10 million in cash.
These will return to court on the 24th of April 2017 when court will start hearing the case.
Thomas Juha Petteri Terasvouri was found lying dead in his hotel room atc Pearl of Africa Hotel in Nakasero within Kampala and a postmortem report showed that he died as a result of drugs found in his body.
On the 22nd of March five people including a senior intelligence officer with the Internal Security Organisation(ISO) Appollo Kyabagye , Fatuma Kabagambe , a one Caroline Alinda , a special hire driver Nasif Walusimbi and the deceased’s girlfriend ; Faridah Naggayi were arrested and charged with manslaughter , forgery , trafficking in drugs and conspiracy to commit a felony .
Prosecution states that on the 6thth of February 2018 at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Nakasero , the five are said to have connived to kill Thomas Juha Petteri Terasvouri by allegedly administering narcotics to him which they sneaked into his hotel room but they deny all the charges.
These are also charged with forging a letter purporting to have been written and signed by ISO Director General, Col.Kaka Bagyenda whereas not.
The two MTN employees charged for attempting to defraud Members of Parliament have been granted bail.
Twenty nine-year-old Kigenyi Nasser, a service advisor with MTN Uganda and Magembe Henry 37, a salesman have today been granted a cash bail of three million shillings each and ten million shillings non-cash bail to the six sureties, three standing in for each of the suspects.
The Bail application was granted basing on the substantial sureties presented in court. The sureties standing in for Kigenyi include his wife Aliba Ritah, Nantale Hasfah, a sister and Isabirye Saleh, a teacher at Kakungube Senior Secondary School Mubende.
Those standing in for Magembe are his three brothers Kenneth Magembe, a senior structural Engineer, Musazi Micheal, a head teacher at Agha Khan School and Mugerwa Dauda, a resident of Nabweru South on Nansana Municipality.
The suspects face nine counts including electronic fraud, unauthorised obstruction of simcards contrary to section 16 of the Computer Misuse Act. State prosecutor Viola Tusingwire told court investigations are still ongoing.
Prosecution told Bugabda Road Chief Magistrates Court that in February this year, the suspects conspired to defraud State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza, State Minister for Agriculture Christopher Kibazanga, Western Youth Member of Parliament Mwine Mpaka and businesswoman Mercy Kyakunda.
The suspects allegedly swapped simcards belonging to different Members of Parliament with intention of securing unfair monetary gains.
The suspects return in court on April 17 for mention of their case.
By Sania Babirye
The General Court Martial at Makindye has released on bail three  out of the seven jailed police officers battling kidnap charges.
A panel of seven members of the Court Martial chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti has released D/CPL Amon Kwarisima , SPC Faisal Katende and D/ASP James Magada on grounds that the junior ranking officers can neither interfere with on-going CMI investigations nor threaten prosecution witnesses.
The three officers have been released on a non cash bond of ten million shillings each while their sureties entered non cash bond of 5 million shillings each.
The bailed officers must also report to the registrar of the General court Martial twice every month and ordered not to travel out of Kampala without permission from court.
Court warned that failure to abide by the above conditions will automatically lead to cancellation of bail.
The seven men are facing charges of kidnap of three Rwandese nationals and unlawfully conveying them to their country against their will.
Other suspects Joel Aguma, Nixon Agasirwe , Benon Atwebembeirwe and Abel Tumukunde have been remanded back to Luzira prison and Makindye military police barracks respectively until the 5th/February/2028 as CMI continues with investigations.
By Sania Babirye
The convicted and jailed Tabliq sect leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga has applied for bail before the Court of Appeal.
The bail application comes after Kamoga challenged both his terrorism conviction and life time imprisonment that was handed to him by the international crimes division of the high court in July this year.
Through his lawyers of Muwema and company advocates, Kamoga says he is of advanced age of more than 60 years and has several ailments including Ulcers and High blood pressure making his health not suitable for prison conditions.
In July this year, three justices of the international crimes division of the high court led by justice Eziekel Muhanguzi sentenced Kamoga and 5 others to life imprisonment and 30 years in Luzira prison after convicting each of them of verbal terrorism.
The group was however acquitted of murdering rival sheikhs Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan Kirya due to lack of evidence.
The group has since then challenged both their convictions and sentences in the court of appeal saying they were harsh and excessive .
Kamoga’s bail application however comes at a time when state prosecutors under the DPP resumed their strike over poor pay and poor working conditions.
By Sania Babirye
Mathew Kanyamunyu Muyogoma who is charged with the murder of Kenneth Akena a social worker at Lugogo in Kampala in 2016 has applied for bail for the fourth time.
This is after his three other bail applications were declined with the recent being on the 23rd of August this year when high court judge Yasin Nyanzi ruled that he did not have exceptional circumstances including old age and poor health that are the main conditions for bail to be granted.
In the fresh bail application before high court criminal division, Kanyamunyu still claims that bail is his constitutional right and the notion of presumption of innocence until proved guilty.
When High court Judge Yasin Nyanzi declined to grant him bail he advised him to apply for bail as many times as possible but under a different judge since circumstances which the judge based on to deny him bail have never changed since then.
With this new application, the application will either be heard by justice Wilson Kwesiga or Anglin Ssenoga.
Prosecution states that on the 12th of November 2016 along Jinja High way in Kampala opposite the Uganda Manufacturer’s Association (UMA) , with malice a fore thought, Kanyamunyu shot at Kenneth Akena who later died from Norvik hospital in Kampala.
Akena is said to have accidentally scratched Mathew Kanyamunyu’s car but when he got out to apologize Mathew Kanyamunyu who was in the car with his girlfriend allegedly pulled out his missing gun and shot him three times in the stomach.
He died at Norvik Hospital where Kanyamunyu who claims to have been trying to save him as a good Samaritan after he was shot had taken him for medication.
Akena however is said to have left a dying declaration saying he was shot by Kanyamunyu.
By Sania Babirye
The Judicial Officers strike has entered its second day with many suspects who are on bail stranded at court as they reported for their bail extensions and case mention .
This morning many suspects who are out on bail returned for their bail extensions only to be informed by clerks in the registry that they did not have any instructions to extend their bail.
This means that suspects who are out on bail are not subjected to report back to court until judges return to work and set new bail dates and case mention .
However some suspects have improvised with their lawyers by agreeing with prosecutions on which date they should return back to court for mention of their different cases as the indefinite strike continues.
But suspects who are on remand in Luzira prisons have not been brought to court by prison Authorities.
Some of the key cases that flopped today include the Corruption case against State Minister for Labour Hebert Kabafunzaki and two others where prosecution led by Barbara Kawuma and his lawyers agreed that they return back to court on tge 11th of September hoping that by then the judges and magistrates strike would have ended.
It still remains to be seen what will happen to other suspects who are out on bail and have not been given another date to report back .
This is likely to make many suspects untraceable by fleeing or changing their places of abode.
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.