Seven people out of the 12 suspects who are accused of the murdering AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who were not committed to the High Court for trial have been given mandatory bail.
However, the suspects’ happiness was short lived after plain-clothed police cops re-arrested them a few metres from Nakawa Court as they headed home.
It’s not clear where the suspects were taken.
Mr Noah Sajjabi, the Nakawa Court Grade One Magistrate, had released the suspects saying since their first appearance in court on April 21, they have never been committed to the High Court for trial even after the mandatory period of six months.
“Basing on Article 23 of the Constitution which says that a person who spends six months on remand, without being committed is mandated to a mandatory bail,” Mr Sajjabi said. “However, under this article, court is given discretion to set bail terms. All sureties are to pay Shs500 million and the suspects Shs50 million, all non-cash.”
Those re-arrested are Abdul-Majid Ojerere, Ahmada Shaban Ssenfuka, Umar Maganda and Ibrahim Kissa. They were driven to Kireka Special Investigation Unit.
Their lawyer Godfrey Turyamusiima has condemned their re-arrest, saying that it undermines the powers of the courts of judicature.
“We do not know why they have been picked but we are trying to find out,” he said.
It is not known whether their colleagues Sheikh Musa Ntende, Hamid Magambo and Hassan Tumusiime who had left court have also been picked.
They were arrested in March from various places following the murder of former Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard Kenneth Erau and Driver Godfrey Mambewa on March 17, in the city suburbs of Kulambiro, Nakawa division, meters away from Kaweesi’s residence.
Prosecution alleges that the accused between January and March 2017 in diverse districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Jinja, Iganga, Bugiri, Busia, Tororo and others for purposes of influencing government or intimidating the public for political and religious aims indiscriminately without due regard of the safety of other directly involved themselves in complicity of murder of Kaweesi.
It further alleges the accused used a gun or a deadly weapon and robbed Erau of a rifle SMG serial number POL 56-3686844-04683 and a pistol serial number UG. POL 007315.
The re-Arrested suspects were pushed into a vehicle near Spear Motors, Nakawa and driven away.
The trial magistrate adjourned the case to November 23 when the bailed suspects would re-appear in court while their eight colleagues would present their sureties.
Particulars of the offence state that the accused on March 17, 2017 at Kulambiro in Kampala District shot and killed Kaweesi, together with his driver and body guard.
They are facing charges of murder, terrorism and robbing the deceaseds’ guns after the murder.
On the count of terrorism, the prosecution contends that the suspects and others still at large, between January and March 17, in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and Jinja among other places, with intent to influence the government and intimidate the public for social, economic and political gains, involved themselves in terrorism.