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12 FDC Supporters on Charges of Inciting Violence Granted Bail :: Uganda Radionetwork
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12 FDC Supporters on Charges of Inciting Violence Granted Bail

The incident occurred on July 28, 2023, at the FDC office Headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Rubaga Division. It is alleged that they incited the public to cause chaos and disrupted the FDC Executive meeting from taking place.
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The Makindye Magistrates Court has granted bail to 12 supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who were arrested on charges of public nuisance and inciting violence at the party headquarters in Kampala District. The accused individuals are Swaibu Asaba, Martin Kisseka, Vincent Akadoi, Eric Lubega, Daniel Akampulira, Aggrey Odyek, William Ssenonga, Simon Wanyera, Peter Katongole, Martin Kisekka, and Mark Jjingo.

The incident occurred on July 28, 2023, at the FDC office Headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Rubaga Division. It is alleged that they incited the public to cause chaos and disrupted the FDC Executive meeting from taking place. During the bail application hearing presided over by Grade One Magistrate Igga Adiru, the accused persons' lawyers, led by Lawrence Kabuye from Lukwago and Company Advocates, presented their friends and relatives as sureties.

They argued that the charges against their clients were bailable, and it was their constitutional right to apply for bail. The prosecution opposed the bail application, stating that investigations were complete, and releasing the accused on bail might interfere with the witnesses who lacked protection. The state attorney, Carol Opia, also pointed out that the sureties presented had not clearly shown their place of abode, making it difficult to trace them if the accused fled.

In his ruling, Magistrate Adiru found the presented sureties to be substantial with fixed places of abode, supported by relevant documents. He granted bail to the accused individuals and set a bail amount of 200,000 Shillings each, while their sureties were required to provide a bond of 5 million Shillings. The case has been adjourned to September 5, 2023, for mention.

The grant of bail to these FDC members comes at a time when the party is experiencing internal divisions, with allegations of unclear sources of funding for the 2021 presidential campaigns of Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the party's flag bearer.

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