Although the prosecution team led by Joan Keko and Jacqueline Akao told the court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu that they were ready to present witnesses and start the trial, the defence team said that they had not been served with witness statements and other disclosures the Prosecution intends to rely on during the hearing.
With a cumulative total of 60,564 votes, Nyanzi came third in the race won by Shamim Malende, the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate. Malende who polled 312,104 votes was followed by the National Resistance Movement candidate Faridah Nambi with 93,867 votes.
In an application filed before the Nakawa Chief Magistrate's court, the lawyers led by Benjamin Katana and Shamim Malende allege that Ariho has been held beyond the mandatory 48 hours without any charges against him since his arrest on December 4th.
Despite this, Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga said police were hunting for Ariho for alleged possession of teargas canister. Ariho was arrested on Thursday last week in Bubulo in Manafwa district during Kyagulanyi’s campaign rallies.
Wameli noted that the said offenses contravene provisions under Article 29 of the Constitution mostly the one that talks about freedom to assemble and demonstrate peacefully. Wameli thus asked Buganda Road Court to halt the proceedings and refer the file of his clients to the Constitutional Court for interpretation on whether the offenses against them violate their constitutional rights or not.