Kitatta's Co Accused Denied Bail
The General Court Martial has rejected the bail application of Joel Kibirige, the Chairperson Rubaga Division Boda Boda 2010.
The General Court Martial Lt. General Andrew Gutti delivered the ruling on afternoon, saying Kibirige could tamper with evidence once released from remand.
Kibirige is one of the twelve suspects accused together with Abdullah Kitatta, the Patron of Boda Boda 2010 Association for being in possession of equipment that are a monopoly of the Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF.
The others are Matia Senfuka, Hassan Ssemata, Jonathan Kayondo, Ssengooba Hassan, Sande Ssemwogerere, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Amon Twinomujuni. The group was arrested in January 2018 from Busega and Wakaliga in Rubaga Division.
Prosecution alleges that the group was found with military hardware including 55 rounds of ammunition for SMG rifles and pistols, which are a monopoly of armed forces.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded to Luzira prisons. Kibirige applied for bail through his lawyer, Captain Charles Ssekayita arguing that it is his constitutional right to be granted bail.
He also argued that the offenses against him are bailable in nature and that he has a fixed place of abode as well as substantial sureties.
However, the state prosecutor Captain Samuel Maserejje objected to the bail application, saying Kibirige hadn't presented any satisfying reasons to compel court to set him free temporarily. Maserejje also stated that Kibirige face capital offenses, adding that one charged with such offenses would only be released on conditions that he faces grave illness or is of advanced age.
This afternoon, the General Court Martial Chairperson, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti delivered his ruling dismissing the bail application. He said the suspect is likely to interfere with prosecution evidence and witnesses since the trial has already started once released.
He also stated that Kibirige's offenses are capital in nature, adding that he never presented substantial sureties. Lt Gen Gutti directed prosecution to expedite the trial and further remand the suspect to Luzira prisons pending the hearing of his case. The same court has rejected bail applications by Kitatta on the same grounds.