Court orders for production of the two re-arrested Kaweesi murder suspects

By Sania Babirye
Kampala High court judge Henrietta Wolayo has ordered the state to produce the Kaweesi murder suspects who were re-arrested on the 11th of this month immediately after being granted bail.

These include Yusuf Nyanzi and Gabriel Kalyango.

According to Justice Wolayo, the state must justify why it is keeping the said suspects in prison yet they were legally granted bail by justice Lydia Mugamba.

During court proceedings, state prosecutor Brian Musota failed to explain to court why the said suspects are illegally being detained for now 17 days without being charged or produced in court.

According to Wolayo, the two are part of the four suspects that were re-arrested at the International crimes division of the high together with their lawyer a few minutes after being granted bail, however, the third suspect Mugerwa Yusuf’s file was allocated to a different judge.

Now the judge has ordered that state produces the two on the 30th of September which is next Monday at 2pm in court without fail.

This will enable court to assess if the said suspects are being detained legally or illegally.

The production warrant comes after the their lawyer Anthony Wameli filed an application seeking for their production in Court or be released.

Wameli contends that his client’s fundamental rights to liberty are being violated.

On the 11th of this month the three were re-arrested by plain clothed security operatives and although police acknowledged their re-srrest, their whereabouts still remains unknown.

Their re-arrest received public criticism from the general public and the judiciary with the chief justice asking the minister of constitutional affaires Kahinda Otafire to adress the incident saying re-arresting of suspects after being granted bail is unconstitutional and steps on the independence of the judiciary.

Drama as relatives of Kaweesi murder suspects are barred from accessing Nakawa Court

By Sania Babirye

Drama has erupted this morning at the Nakawa magistrate court as police barred relatives of the  20  people charged with  the  murder of  AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body guard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewa from accessing the court premises with no reason communicated.

This morning the relatives as usual had come to show support to their relatives as they returned before grade one magistrate Noah Sajabi for mention of their case.

However police refused them from entering court following previous appearances where they expressed dissatisfaction on how their relatives who were sick are being treated.

The relatives say the action of police  is an abuse of their rights  to attend court proceedings for their loved ones who have veen on remand since march this year.

Meanwhile prosecution  has informed court that investigations into the case are still ongoing forcing the magistrate to remand the suspects back to luzira prison until the 29th of june 2017.

The 20 suspects include a woman  Ayub Sauda, and 19men led by Abdu Rashid Mbaziira.

These are charged with 5 counts including  murder,  terrorism and aggregated robbery.

Prosecution led by Rachael Nabwire states  that the  suspects on the  morning of 17th/March 2017 at Kulambiro within Kampala district shot dead AIGP Felix Kaweesi, his body guard  Kenneth Erau and his driver  Godfrey Wambewa as the trio drove in the official Uganda Police vehicle to work.

Editors and some Media houses halted from covering Kaweesi murder investigation

By Sania Babirye
Court has issued a temporary injunction gagging sections of the media from publishing stories on the ongoing investigations into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
High court civil division assistant registrar Joy Kabagye Bahinguza says the injunction against Red Pepper , Chimp report, The Investigator, The Ugandan and  The Guardian will stay in force  until  21st August 2017 when hearing of the main application filed by Inspector General of Police Kale Kaihura   accusing them of jeopardizing the investigations and national security will be heard .
The four Media houses and their editors are accused of unlawfully obtaining confidential information in relation to investigations into the death of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi without the authority and approval of the government of Uganda.
The sued editors are Stanley Ndawula , Giles Muhame, and  Dixon Kagurusi.
 Through the Attorney General, the IGP says the documents that  were published by the respective  media houses contained details of  internal matters of the investigations, national importance and security, documents and decisions  made in the day to day running of the investigation and security matters of  the country.
Kayihura is now seeking court to issue a permanent injunction refraining the media  houses from publishing any articles relating to the investigations
The Police chief  also  wants court to declare that the publications and intended publications of the defendants are injurious to the ongoing investigations, national security and prejudicial to the workings of Security Agencies of Uganda.
Former Police spokes person Andrew Felix Kaweesi was gunned down by unknown assailants on March 17 2017 at around at his home in Kulambiro an outskirt of Kampala.
He died along side his driver Godfrey Wambewa and body guard Kenneth Erau as he drove out of home to work.