Kamoga denied bail

By Sania Babirye
The Court of Appeal  led by  Justice Christopher Madrama has denied to grant bail to the convicted and jailed former Tabliq muslim sect leader Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga.
The same Justice denied  bail to another sheikh Siraj Kawooya who is Kamoga’s co convict two weeks ago. Just like in the case of sheikh Kawooya, 66 year old Sheikh Kamoga’s bail application has been dismissed on grounds that he no longer enjoys enjoys the presumption of innocence until proven guilty since he had been already convicted of a capital offense relating to terrorism.
Justice Madrama has also ruled that Sheikh Kamoga is also likely to abscond from bail since he is serving the second most capital punishment of life imprisonment. He also declined Kamoga’s advanced age of 66 years and  poor health conditions were Kamoga had alleged that he needed  special palliative care for severe hypertension,  Ulcers and gross obesity which can expose him to cardiac complications.
However, Justice Madrama ruled that Kamoga did not prove to the satisfaction of court that Luzira prison Authorities can not manage his poor health condition.
Justice Madrama also refused Kamoga’s submissions that his  appeal has a high chance  of succeeding because  state failed to place him at the murder scenes of both since none  of the prosecution witnesses placed  his client at the scenes of murder of the 2 sheikhs; Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan Kirya and its fair and just to temporarily release him.
The justice has however ordered  the court of appeal to fix a date to start hearing of his appeal instead of the convicts being granted bail.
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 2017

In july 2017, three justices of the international crimes division of the high court led by justice Eziekel Muhanguzi setenced 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 hearing date set

By Sania Babirye
The Court of Appeal has set 18th of May 2018 to rule on the bail application filed by the convicted a d jailed for life  Tabliq muslim sect leader Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga.
This is after justice Christopher Madrama concluded hearing of the bail application this afternoon in which 66 year old Sheikh  Kamoga wants to be temporally released pending hearing if his appeal in which he is challenging both his conviction and life sentence on verbal terrorism charges.
His lawyer Roberts Kagolo has told court that his client is  of an advanced age of 66 and needs special palliative care for severe Hypertension,  Ulcers and gross obesity which can expose him to cardiac complications.
Kagolo further submitted that  has added that those conditions can not be managed by Luzira prison and there is  a likely hood of delay in the court of Appeal to dispose off his client’s appeal because the courts arr too busy.
Kagolo also claims that says his client’s appeal has a high chance  of succeeding because  state failed to place him at the murder scenes of both since none  of the prosecution witnesses placed  his client at the scenes of murder of the 2 sheikhs; Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan Kirya  and therefore its fair and just  to temporarily release Kamoga  from prison.
Sheikh Kamoga has presented 7 surities including Former Makindye west MP Hajji Hussein Kyanjo, Imam  Iddi Kasozi a lecturer at IUIU, Sheikh Suleman Kakeeto a Muslim scholar and a one Musa Nanfumb his brother  as an assurance that he will return back to court and prosecute his appeal .
However the DPP through state attorney Lillian Omara has opposed Kamoga ‘s bail application on grounds that his old age can not withstand prison conditions, there is a likely hood that the sheikh will abscond because he is charged with a grade offense and he is serving a grave a punishment .
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 2017

In July 2017, three justices of the international crimes division of the high court led by justice Eziekel Muhanguzi setenced 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

Kamoga and two other face life imprisonment

By Sania Babirye

The international crimes division of the high court has handed a life imprisonment sentence to the Tabliq sect leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga  , his brother Multabh Bukenya, Siraje Kawooya and Fahad Kalungi.

This is after the court convicted them of Terrorism Monday.

While sentencing them the three justices led by Eziekel Muhanguzi, Percy Tuhaise and Jane Kiggudu ruled that Kamoga and his other convicts   should spend the rest of their lives in prison because they  committed  terrorism and yet they should have developed communities since they were  religious leaders but instead they chose to  orchestrate the crime.

Other convicts Yusuf Kakande,  Fahad Kalungi and Sekayanja Abdul Salam have been sentenced each  to 30 yrs in prison after the court ruled that they  were just followers

The six  were convicted on acts of terrorism against a group of other Muslims with whom they had religious wrangles.

These acts include verbal murder threats and attack on  their reputation such as in the case of Buganda Prince Kasim Nakibinge and Deputy Supreme mufti Muhammod Kibaate whose names and photographs were printed on fliers and distributed to  various  mosques arguing  Muslims to shun them.

On Monday  the same court acquitted the six and 8 others on the charge of murdering fellow  Muslims sheikhs; Mustafa Bahiga and Ibrahim Kirya over luck of evidence .

The justices ruled that all the 36 prosecution witnesses failed to directly link the 14 suspects to the murder charges and attempted murder of sheikh Haruna Jemba.

Kamoga swore to kill Sheikh Bahiga say Witness

By Sania Babirye

Muslim cleric Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga was   killed because of leadership wrangles and divisions among the Musllim community.   A witness whose identity has been protected has told court that Sheikh Kamoga swore before him that he would l not allow the Bahiga Faction to cause divisions amongst Muslims even if it meant killing him.

The witness has told court that he was a mediator between the factions of Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, that of Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan Kirya. He says when went to Nakasero the enraged, chest thumping  Kamoga  told him  Bahiga’s group should not joke with him because they had never killed, but he  (Kamoga ) could kill even in broad day light.