The Jinja court's grade one magistrate, Ronald Nsobya on Friday granted a cash bail to three policemen, who were earlier the same day charged with neglect of duty
contrary to section 44, code 19(a) and 28 of police Cap 303.
The accused persons who are all police constables by rank namely: Eria Kagoda of force number 60782, Simon Opio, force number 53798
and Samiru Nfunyeku, force number 67102.
It is alleged that the accused persons and
unspecified number of others still being investigated by detectives at Kiira
regional police headquarters, conspired to foster the illegal release of 17 suspects and
later informed their superiors on how the same had forcefully fled from the
The three are accused of failure to report for duty on time,
which facilitated the breakout of suspects from Jinja CPS cells last
“On 19th, December, 2021, at CPS Jinja in Jinja city, the
accused persons without good and sufficient cause, omitted to promptly and diligently attend to their duty as police officers, as per the program of Jinja central
police station,” reads their joint charge sheet in part.
The accused persons denied knowledge of the charges being
lavelled against them and prayed to be released on bail on two grounds, majorly
that bail was their constitutional right and that each one of them possessed a
good moral track record throughout their time of service.
Nsobya granted each of the accused persons, a cash bail of
150,000 Shillings, whereas each of their six sureties paid a cash bond of
Nsobya stressed that the case will be fixed for hearing
early next year.