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Butchers Ask Court to Read for Them Charges Afresh

The suspects stunned court on Thursday afternoon when they demanded that the charges are read for them afresh. The KCCA Prosecutor, Hillary Musimenta objected to the request by the suspects, saying it was a waste of courts time.
The Suspects Before Court on Thursday
There was drama at the City Hall Magistrate's court on Wednesday afternoon when six men accused of preserving meat and fish with dangerous chemicals asked court to read for them the charges afresh. 

The six had appeared before Grade One Magistrate, Beatrice Khainza for sentencing on their own plea of guilt. They are Erias Kasumba, Isma Mutebi, Isa Senoga, Umar Karyango, Ibrahim Sekatte and Baker Mulondo. 

The suspects were picked up from Kalerwe, Ntinda, Nakulabye and Nakasero in Kampala on Wednesday last week in a joint operation by the KCCA Public Health Directorate, Uganda National Bureau of Statistics, National Drug Authority and Ministry of Agriculture to crack down on butchers using formalin and hydrogen peroxide to preserve meat.

The suspects were arraigned before the City Hall Magistrate's Court and charged with causing Nuisance to the Public contrary to KCCA Meat Ordinance, 2006. The suspects pleaded guilty and were remanded to Luzira prisons awaiting sentencing.

However, the suspects stunned court on Thursday afternoon when they demanded that the charges are read for them afresh. The KCCA Prosecutor, Hillary Musimenta objected to the request by the suspects, saying it was a waste of court's time.

“Court clearly read for them the charges in Luganda and repeating the steps is wastage of court's time since we have genuine reasons to that effect,” said Musiimenta. 

He also argued that it was established that the accused spray harmful chemicals such as formalin on meat and fish so as to keep it fresh and sell it to the public for consumption, which is harmful to the consumer's health. 

This prompted the magistrate; Beatrice Khainza to adjourn the matter to Thursday to see whether she can listen to the suspect's plea. She further remanded the suspects to Luzira prison until tomorrow when they will return to court.

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