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Bobi Wine Bodyguard Eddie Mutwe's Compensation Case Pushed to September

Eddie Mutwe was later given bail after spending some months on remand and was later re-arrested recently on December 30th 2020 from Kalangala District on allegations of illegal possession of ammunition and he has since then been in jail at Kitalya Government's Prison.
Eddie Mutwe's lawyer Anthony Kusingura at High Court.

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The High Court in Kampala has adjourned the case in which the bodyguard of  former Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is seeking compensation for illegal detention.

The Civil Division Judge Phillip Odoki on Wednesday adjourned the case of Kyagulanyi's bodyguard Edward Ssebuufu commonly known as Eddie Mutwe to September 22nd 2021.

This was after the lawyers representing Eddie Mutwe from Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates told the Judge that they had received the hearing notice late and therefore they did not serve the respondents in time, the reason they did not show up in court. 

The respondents are:  the Director of Criminal Investigations Department of Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police Grace Akullo , Former Commander of Special Investigations Unit of Police in Kireka , Superintendent of Police Moses Eliao and the the Attorney General.

The court therefore ordered the lawyers led by Anthony Kusingura to serve the respondents such that they can file an affidavit in response and make written submissions by July 30th, 2021 and if there is any rejoinder it should be made by August 6th 2021.

The police officers were sued in their individual capacities in 2018 following the arrest of Eddie Mutwe, allegedly by State Operatives who picked him up in Kamokya on August 25th 2018 and kept him  incommunicado in unknown place.

As a result, Eddie Mutwe's lawyers on August 30th 2018 sued the said respondents demanding for an order for his unconditional release. The lawyers led by Eron Kiiza argued that it was more than the mandatory  48 hours since Eddie Mutwe was arrested without being produced in any court to show cause as to why his constitutional liberty was being violated.

Accordingly, the High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana ordered the government and its security officers to produce Eddie Mutwe in his court on September 4th 2018 and explain why he is being detained.

On the same day , the former SIU Commander Elly Womanya wrote responding to the order that Eddie Mutwe who was being detained in Kampala was charged with the offense of treason and as such, he was due to be transferred to Gulu Magistrates Court for appearance.

But the lawyers for Eddie Mutwe on September 7th 2018,  returned to court seeking compensation and damages saying that the officers had deceived court that their client was being taken to Gulu three days earlier for plea taking.

"Besides the obvious illegality, the detention and unfair treatment of the applicant by the respondents mirrors contempt of court orders and disregard of rule of law, a harbinger for anarchy", reads the application.

Evidence on court record shows that Eddie Mutwe was later charged before the Gulu Grade One  Magistrate Yunus Ndiwalana on charges of treason  on September 11th 2018 where he was put on a charged sheet of more than 30 others that had been remanded earlier.

The Prosecution alleged that Eddie Mutwe and his co accused used a grader to block President Yoweri Museveni's convoy in Arua Municipality during the Arua by elections that saw the former MP Kassiano Wadri emerging as the victor.

Eddie Mutwe was later given bail after spending some months on remand and was later re-arrested recently  on December 30th 2020 from Kalangala District on allegations of illegal possession of ammunition and he has  since then been in jail at Kitalya Government's Prison.

Eddie Mutwe's  lawyer Anthony  Kusingura has condemned the acts of government  to detain people illegally saying impunity has to end.

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