Major Kigundu key murder suspect granted bail

By Sania Babirye

The Jailed Deputy Amir of the Muslim Tabliq sect Sheikh Yahaya Mwanjje has finally been granted bail after spending three years on remand at Luzira prison.

Sheikh Mwanje has been temporally granted his freedom by justice Duncan Gaswaga of the International crimes division of the high.
Justice Gaswaga has released him on a 20 million non cash court bond while his suruties have each been ordered to pay 10 million non cash.

He has also been ordered to report to the ICD court registrar every beginning Tuesday of a very month and bared from engaging in any teaching that might be taken by security agencies as inciting violence.

He is also ordered to cooperate with security officials if approached in relation to the ongoing case. Mwanje has so far spent three years on remand without trial despite being committed on the 13th of September 2017 for trial for the murder of Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu and Sgt. Mukasa on the 26th of November 2016.

Sheikh Mwanje applied for bail pending trial on grounds that he has spent a long time on remand yet his case remains to be tried and that state has not disclosed any intended evidence against him.
Through his lawyer Friday Robert Kagolo, Mwanje stated that the state was violating his constitutional right for a fair and speedy trial and that it would be fair for court to grant him bail as he awaits trial.
Sheikh Mwanjje is jointly charged with 8 other people including ; 2 boda-boda riders from Nsangi stage ; Muhammad Buyondo and Abdul Wahaab Ssendegeya, Musa Ssekandi and Yusuf Nyanzi among others.

On the 6th of September 2017 Sheikh Mwanje and his first three co accused were charged afresh with Murder, Terrorism and aiding to a terror group ADF after the DPP withdrew his first murder charges that Sheikh Mwanje and three others were already being tried in the high court.

The process was to allow state to add four more suspects and slap fresh charges of Murder, Terrorism, and aiding a terror group on all the suspects so that the entire group can be tried together.

The new suspects are part of the 14 people who are also charged with the murder of former police spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

They include Yusuf Nyanzi, Kalyango Jibril, Balyejusa Noordin and Bruhan Balijusa.

Other suspects include 43 year old bodaboda rider Buyondo Muhammad a resident of Nsanji, 37 year old Sendegeya Abdul Wahab a bodaboda rider in Kyengere Nsanji and a 43 year old bussiness man in Masanafu Sekandi Musa.

According to the new charges Sheikh Mwanje and his co accused with others still at large, on the 26 of November 2016 at Masanafu trading center Rubaga division murdered Major Muhammad Kigundu and his body guard sergeant Stephen Mukasa.

The state further says that the suspects between 2010 and 2017 within the different district in the country aided and abetted terrorism by way of recruitment and rendering support in form of training ADF members .

Meanwhile Nyanzi and Kalyango are separately charged with belonging and confessing to belong to ADF between 2010 and 2012.

Mwanje was arrested in November 2016 and detained at Nalufenya until January 2017 when he was finally charged.

In September 2917, senior state prosecutors Lillian Omora and Jonathan Muwaganya informed the then Buganda road court chief magistrate Jamson Kareemani that the Director of Public prosecutions Mike Chibita directed them to have the accused committed after completion of investigations.