Ntungamo Court Denies Mbabazi's Supporters Bail Top story

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The suspects are accused of taking part in the Ntungamo campaign clashes and face three charges of assault, causing grievous harm and malicious damage to property.

Seven supporters of independent presidential candidate, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi have been denied bail by the Ntungamo Grade One Magistrate, Richard Ndangwa.

The magistrate denied suspects bail because he could not ascertain the authenticity of documents the sureties provided.  The sureties had presented their national IDs, passport and a letter from their LCI.

The seven appeared before the Ntungamo Grade One Magistrate this afternoon for the mention of their case and hearing of bail application. 

They were represented by Go-Forward lawyers; Onesmus Matsiko and Jonathan Bwogi.

State Prosecutor Jane Musimenta rejected all the fourteen sureties on grounds that they had "just been picked from the streets of Ntungamo" and that they did not have any relationship with the accused.

Making the decision to deny bail, Ndangwa said he would study the documents presented  by the sureties and rule on the matter on 4th January. 

The seven face charges of assault, causing grievous harm and malicious damage of property.

Prosecution says the seven, and others still at large assaulted Lawrence Baguma, Ali Arinaitwe, Robert Kikoni, Gordon Mucunguzi, Robert Twinomugisha, Richard Kwesiga and Matsiko Turyakira.

Prosecution alleges that while accompanying Mbabazi for his two rallies in Kitwe town council and Kyamate grounds in Ntungamo district, the suspects beat and seriously injured Kassim Tumusiime and Dan Nabimanya.  

The accused are also said to have destroyed a vehicle, registration number UAF 553S belonging to Kassim Tumusiime.

The suspects have been remanded to Ntungamo Central Prison until 4th January, 2016.

The seven suspects produced before court include Frank Kabali of Kiganda Zone in Kampala, Benon Turyamureeba of Mengo Hill Road in Kampala, Eria Mayinja of Kasokoso Village in Kiira Division, Abdullah Kasajja of Luzira in Kampala, Jamil Mutebi of Kalungu district, George Ssebatindira of Kazo in Kawempe and Asadu Semakula of Kazinga village in Nsangi, Wakiso district.


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Mariam Kabasongora
Mariam Kabasongora is the Mbarara URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under her docket. Kabasongora has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Kabasongora began her career as a reporter for Messiah Radio in Kasese in 2001. She was subsequently a reporter with Endigyito Radio in 2005, Voice of Kigezi in Kabale between 2002 and 2005 and a freelance reporter with URN from 2007 to 2010. She was the news editor with Voice of Kamwenge in that district from 2008 to 2010.

Kabasongora covers agriculture, local government, health and faith stories. She is also interested in politics.