The Masaka Grade One Magistrate Author Zirabamuzale was forced to adjourn the case to February next year after the state prosecutor Jacob Nahurira told the court that the witnesses had not appeared in court.
hearing of a case in which National Unity platform (NUP) leaders in Masaka are accused of inciting violence did not take off after the prosecution failed to present witnesses.
Namayanja and Dr Abed Bwanikaleaders were arrested last month during protests that followed the arrest
of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the National Unity Platform- NUP presidential
They were arrested alongside Evan Kanyike, the Bukoto East NUP parliamentary
candidate and Juliet Kakande Nakabuye, Masaka Woman parliamentary candidate.
They were charged with inciting violence and doing an act likely to spread
infectious diseases, under section 171 of the Penal Code Act.
The Masaka Grade One Magistrate Author
Zirabamuzale was on Friday forced to adjourn the case to February after the state prosecutor Jacob Nahurira told the court that the
not appeared in court.
According to prosecution, the NUP leaders flouted
the covid-19 guidelines when they engaged in protests and processions.
heard that state’s witnesses including the Masaka Regional Police commander
Enock Abaine, Sgt Godfrey Juma the head of the police political desk and
detective innocent Musinguzi could not be in court because they were
carrying out an operation.
prosecution asked the court to adjourn the case to enable them to issue
the witnesses. Zirabamuzale
agreed and adjourned the case to 23 February
The bail for the
also extended to February when they are expected to come back to court for
further hearing of the case.
Magellan Kazibwe, the defence lawyer said that the adjournment is going to enable
his clients to prepare for the coming general elections since most of the
accused people are contesting for leadership positions.
Masaka Grade One Magistrate’s court last
the NUP leaders a non-cash bail of Three Million Shillings
while each of
the sureties a non-cash bail of 1 million shillings each.
other accused persons were also granted a non-cash bail of 600,000 Shillings
pleading not guilty to the charges of inciting violence and taking part in an illegal