By Ronald Kabuye
High court criminal division head justice Wilson Kwesiga has declined to grant bail to the four Tabliques who are charged with murder of Sheikh Major Muhammad Kiggundu and his body guard Sgt Steven Mukasa.
While ruling on the matter on Thursday, justice Kwesiga said that well as he is arrive to the presumption of innocent until proven guilty but he is also arrive to the fact that the right to bail is not automatic as per section 15 of the trial and indictment act.
Kwesiga ruled that he is constrained to deny bail to the four who include Acting Amir of Nakasero Mosque Sheikh Yahaya Ramathan Mwanje, 2 boda-boda riders; Muhammad Buyondo and Abdul-Wahab Ssendeya and a businessman from Masanafu trading centre Musa Ssekandi on grounds that the cases they are charged with are grave offenses which involve the murder of two military officers and the matter is of public interest exhibited by the many followers who always fill the court to capacity in addition to some of the accused being Muslim clerics.
It’s on the above that kwesiga instead instructed the registrar of the same court to fix the hearing of the matter on the day of convince in the next three month.
Prosecution alleges that the accused and others still at large on November 26, 2016 at Masanafu trading centre, Rubaga division in the Kampala district the accused and others still at large murdered Maj. Kiggundu and his body guard Sgt.Mukasa.
The four were consequently charged before Buganda road magistrate caurt on the 6th of January 2017, applied for bail on 17 February and they were committed to High court on the 14th, may 2017
Speaking to journalist after the ruling the applicants lawyer Twaha Mayanja was not happy about the ruling asserting that there is a way the state is using court to violate is client’s rights though he welcomed the instruction of fixing the matter for hearing