Saturday October 22 2011

Three more protesters face treason, jailed

By EPHRAIM KASOZI & JULIET KIGONGO

Three more people have been remanded to prison over treason in connection with the walk-to-work protests that resumed on Monday.

The Nakawa Magistrates Court presided over by Ms Stella Amabilisi remanded Mathew Walakira, Robert Mayanja and Tony Ssempebwa to Luzira Prison until tomorrow. The trio were appearing before the court for plea.

Ms Amabilisi said her court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the plea by the accused persons. “You will stay on remand until Monday [tomorrow] when you will appear before a competent court presided over by a chief magistrate,” she said.

The trio is part of 15 opposition members police chief Kale Kayihura said were arrested while taking part in walk-to-work protests and that they will be charged with treason.

Prosecution alleges that Walakira, Mayanja, Ssempebwa and others still at large between August and October this year in Kampala and Wakiso districts knowing of a plot to overthrow the government participated in its scheming.

The State says the trio did not give information thereof with all reasonable dispatch to the minister, administration officer, magistrate or officer in-charge of a political station and so failed to present the commission of the offence of treason.
State attorney Joseph Bayige said investigations into the matter were still ongoing.

On Wednesday, two aides to opposition leader Kizza Besigye were remanded to prison over similar charges.

Sam Mugumya, Dr Besigye’s political assistant, and Francis Mwijukye, the head of the FDC youth wing, appeared before Nakawa Court Magistrate Agnes Nabafu, who remanded them to prison until October 31.

Three other people; Fred Kato, Julius Amanya and Moses Byaruhanga were charged before Kasangati Magistrates Court over malicious damage, assault and causing injury to a police officer.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com & jkigongo@ug.nationmedia.com

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