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PHOTOS: Pro-Mbabazi Youth Leaders Freed

stuff http://cyancdesign.com/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-checklist.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Mr Omodo-Omodo, healing http://demibahagia2u.my/wp-includes/class-wp-post.php 29, the National Vice Chairperson for the NRM Youth League, northern region and his Kampala counterpart Adam Luzinda Buyinza, 31, were today asked by Grade One Magistrate Michael Lagara to deposit their passports and comply with bail conditions.

Prosecution alleges the two officials abused their authority when they fraudulently induced and tricked the NRM and fraudulently solicited, bribed, induced and tricked its members and mobilisers into signing a petition to convene a delegates’ conference to challenge the party resolutions.

According to Section 11 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009, convicts of abuse of office, carries a sentence of seven years.

Ms Mbabazi (2nd right) could afford a smile after the release of Omodo and Luzinda

The NRM youth members recently backed embattled Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi for President in 2016, raising speculation that their cases were being politically-motivated – a charge police denies.

Omodo and Luzinda in February held a press conference at Makerere Guest House where they announced the NRM youth’s support for Amama Mbabazi as the party’s flag bearer in the 2016 elections.

Omodo said the resolution taken by NRM at Kyankwanzi urging Museveni to stand unopposed as the party’s flag-bearer in the 2016 polls was “wrongly adopted because the parliamentary caucus has no mandate under the party constitution to approve such a sensitive issue.”

He further observed that the resolution tantamount to favouritism or nepotism by giving preferential treatment to any personal advantage contrary to the provisions of section 4 (1k) of the NRM constitution.

While the statement was later denounced by the mainstream leadership of the NRM youth League, the move angered top party leaders.

NRM youth leaders arrive at the Court for the hearing of their bail plea

Mbabazi recently asked Police to immediately stop the arrest of his supporters while his Wife Jacqueline has openly criticized Gen Kale Kayihura for being partisan and witch-hunting the Premier’s diehards.

Kayihura speaks out

However, Kayihura maintains the arrests were part of a wider investigation into the “criminal behaviour connected with ongoing political controversies within the NRM party.”

He added: “Indeed, Police is conducting investigation into reports that certain individuals associated with the NRM party are going around the country securing or attempting to secure signatures, using methods that amount to criminality such as using bribery or on the basis of falsehoods.”

The hearing of the NRM leaders’ bail application was conducted under heavy security

Kayihura said the reports are that those from whom they seek signatures are bribed with money, or misled as to the actual reasons the signatures are being sought.

“For instance, the Police received reports of a group of people moving around collecting signatures from people in Kampala, falsely claiming that the intention was to take them to the President so that the longstanding promises the President are, at last, fulfilled. Others were paid money (actually bribed) ranging from shs 50,000 to 500,000 depending on their respective status in the NRM party.”

Kayihura, however, dismissed reports the suspects are being targeted due to their political inclinations.

“The press continues to carry misleading stories that an ongoing investigation by the Police of certain persons associated with NRM party, who have been moving around the country collecting signatures is, in fact, harassment of supporters of Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi, the Prime Minister, and that the harassment is because of their political opinions, and inclinations.

Omodo expressing his gratitude to one of his lawyers for a job well done

We wish to clarify that this is not correct. The Police is not targeting or harassing any such individuals, or anybody for that matter, let alone, because of their political opinions as claimed in media stories,” assured the Police boss.

Jacqueline and other supporters of Mbabazi arrived at the court premises in the morning to witness the bail hearing session.

As soon as the pair was freed, Jacqueline’s face beamed with joy and satisfaction.

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