Court grants bail to the 3 free Nambooze crusaders activists arrested at parliament.

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from right yasin, kabotongo and Buwembo in the dock at buganda road magistrate court. Photo by Mukose Arnold Anthony

By Mukose Arnold Anthony
Buganda road magistrate Court his worship Mukanzi Robert has on Tuesday evening granted the 3 youths who on Monday morning stormed parliament to deliver their petition to speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga challenging the manner in which the Mukono municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke health and detention issue is being handled.

The trio includes FDC’s secretary for labor and pension Habib Buwembo, Kabowa 1 parish councilor Juma Lubega Kabotongo and a businessman Ggaliwango Yasin who have been charged of being public nuisance when they allegedly obstructed traffic along parliamentary avenue while holding unlawful media briefing.

While delivering a bail application ruling filed by their legal team led by counsel Eron Kizza, Hajji Abudallah Kiwanuka and Naikoba Brendah, Mukanzi agreed with them on the grounds which included all the suspects presenting substantial sureties,  having places of aboard and being charged with a bail-able offense.

State prosecutor Cingtho Patricia had objected to bail application on ground that the national IDs of the sureties where not matching with the local council letter locations which was overruled by the magistrate after having  been convinced by the defense lawyers.

“Details on the National IDs of the sureties don’t match with their LC letters which brings doubts” State prosecutor Cingtho stated.

“National ID is a national legal document by law though I don’t want to be quoted as prejudicing the matter but unlike LCs which were quashed by the courts of law, the LC letters are just additional but if you may be pleased, we are ready to submit more sureties if court finds some doubt in our first group” Counsel Kiwanuka submitted.

“Your worship, by law we cant compare national documents with a letter which is just an additional letter to vindicate the current residence which keep on changing depending on different daily roles” Counsel Eron submitted.

“Having heard both the state and defense, I therefore grant a cash bail of 400,000/= (four hundred thousand shillings Uganda currency only) to each of the accused and a one million (1,000,000/=) non cash bail to each of the sureties” Magistrate Mukanzi ruled.

The charges are bail-able, all the accused have presented substantial sureties with permanent places of aboard hence the matter has been adjourned to 17th July 2018 for mentioning

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