Sheikh Mwanje bail flops

By Sania Babirye
The jailed Deputy Amir of the Muslim Tabliq sect Sheikh Yahaya Mwanjje has been remanded back to Luzira prison after his bail application hearing flopped
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. Kiggundu and Sgt. Mukasa on the 26th of November 2016.

Sheikh Mwanje had applied for bail at the international crimes division of the high court to be temporary released 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.

Further more justice Duncan Gaswaga had adored the state to set a date for trial but this has not happened five months ago nor have the state filed a response to his bail application.
Through his lawyer Friday Robert Kagolo, Mwanje says that the state is 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 Mwanje has nor remanded back to luzira prison until the 26th of February when his bail application will be heard and determined.
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 business man in Masanafu Sekandi Musa.

According to the new charges Sheikh Mwanje and his co accussed 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.