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MPs Stand For Colleagues at Gulu High Court

Gulu High Court is Monday expected to decide on whether or not to grant bail to members of parliament and political activists, who were arrested on August 13th for particularity in election campaign violence in Arua in which President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade was allegedly attacked.

A total of 33 of the suspects are facing Treason charges before the Gulu Chief Magistrates court.

These applied to the High Court to be released from jail, citing among others their medical conditions.

Several of the suspects including Hon Robert Kyagulanyi of Kyadondo East claim to have been severely beaten and brutalized while in detention.

Human rights activists showing support for the suspects in Gulu

One of the suspects, as the bail hearing session was ongoing, collapsed and was carried out of the court house. The judge observed that this was probably because the room was overcrowded.

In their bail application before the Gulu High Court, the suspects through their lawyers, asked to be released on bail, and presented a number of sureties, mostly fellow MPs.

Hon Kyagulanyi, who was recently added to the charge sheet, having been charged briefly with illegal possession of fire arms by the court martial, presented three sureties.

These were Buyaga West MP Hon. Barnabas Tinkasimire, Former FDC President Gen Mugisha Muntu, and his elder brother Eddy Yawe Ssentamu.

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Hon Kassiano Wadri, the MP elect for Arua Municipality, for whom most of the suspects were campaigning when they were arrested in violence, presented two suspects; namely the former Leader of Opposition Hon Winnie Kiiza and Kabweri County MP Hon Francis Gonahasa.

Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga’s sureties were Bukoto East MP Hon Florence Namayanja and Nwoya District Woman MP Hon Lilly Adong.

Jinja Municipality MP Paul Mwiru was stood surety by Soroti District Woman MP Angelline Osegge, as well as Soroti Municipality MP Herbert Ariko.

Meanwhile, the current Leader of Opposition Hon Betty Aol Achan and KCCA Councillor Moses Katabu stood surety for the former Makindye MP Michael Mabikke.

The Gulu High Court was packed to the brim by relatives and friends of the suspects, political leaders including FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye, party president’s Norbert Mao, Abed Bwanika, political and human rights activists and reporters, among others.

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