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Opposition Leaders Charged with Managing Unlawful Society

Four opposition leaders have been charged with four counts of managing an unlawful society leading to the death of a police officer and injuring two others.

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Four opposition leaders have been charged with four counts of managing an unlawful society leading to the death of a police officer and injuring two others.

 

The four include FDC party president Kiiza Besigye, Kampala woman Member of Parliament Nabilah Naggayi, FDC women’s league chairperson Ingrid Turinawe and Kawempe Mayor Mubarak Munyagwa.

 

The quartet, however, denied the charges before Buganda Road Grade One magistrate Eleanor Mary Khainza.

Khainza granted them a non-cash bail of 20 million shillings each while their sureties each ordered to execute a court bond of 50 million shillings so as to ensure the accused persons turn up in court as and when they are required.

The accused persons are to re-appear in court on April 17th.

 

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, however, did not show up. His lawyer, Medard Sseggona told court that his client is away in South Africa on official duties.

 

Sseggona further explained to court that the nine other people currently on remand in Luzira over AIP Ariong’s death, have not been produced today as earlier directed, because the prisons authorities said they did not receive any order from court directing them to produce them. The nine, who were remanded by Nakawa Magistrates court on Friday, were required to appear in court to plead to this charge.

 

According to prosecution led by Marvin Rukundo, the accused committed the offense on March 21st 2012, when their activities led to death of Assistant Inspector of Police John Michael Ariong. Two other officers, AIP Wabwire and Julius Olweny were reportedly injured.

 

Ariong died after reportedly being stoned on the head around Mini Price in downtown Kampala, during riots that followed the arrest of the opposition politicians.

 

David Mpanga, who is leading a team of five lawyers representing the Activists for Change leaders, asked for bail and presented sureties to court. MPs Nandala Mafabi and Ken Lukyamuzi were joined by Livingstone Kizito, the Kampala FDC chairperson, to stand surety for Besigye.

 

Kyadondo East MP Ssemujju Nganda and Kasese Woman MP Winfred Kiiza stood surety for Nabilah Naggayi, while Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Mugume and Tony Ssempeebwa, the Nangabo sub county LC 3 chairperson, stood for Ingrid Turinawe.

 

For Munyagwa, it was Muwanga Kivumbi, the Butambala county parliamentary claimant and William Kakeeto stood surety for the mayor.

 

State prosecutor Marvin Rukundo did not object to the bail application.

Magistrate Khainza ordered the prisons authorites to produce the nine people on remand on March 30th, 2012 while Lukwago's criminal summons has been extended to April 17th 2012.

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