Kampala. The Mwanga II Magistrate’s Court has remanded eight boda boda riders over charges of criminal trespass and malicious damage.
The group is part of those who were arrested on Monday for allegedly torching offices of Boda Boda 2010 association in Bukesa, Wakaliga and Makindye, all city suburbs, following the arrest of its leader, Mr Abdullah Kitatta by the military, on Saturday.
The group appeared before Grade One Magistrate Allan Nyakaana yesterday and had their charges read to them. They denied all charges.
However, after reading for them their charges, the riders raised their hands to seek bail but they were denied.
“You will make your application for bail before the trial magistrate, Ms Esther Nyadoi, handling your case,” Mr Nyakaana said before adjourning the case to January 31.
Court heard that investigations in the case where still ongoing.
The accused include; Mr Farouk Muyomba, 28, Mr Godfrey Mubiru, 30, Mr John Bosco Yiga, 45, Mr Patrick Wamala, 31, Mr Hamza Kigundu 23, Mr Saul Katongole, 24 and Mr Johnbosco Ssebuufu, 32.
Prosecution stated that the group and others still at large on January 22 at Nateete, Wakaliga Road in Rubaga Division entered into the parking yard in the possession of Kityo Kilimutale with intent to intimidate or annoy him.
It is further stated that the group willfully and unlawfully destroyed a fence, Kityo’s property.
The same court separately charged Mr Sula Lubega alias Kiwi the chairman Boda Boda Century Co-operative Society.
He was charged with two offences of being idle and disorderly and malicious damage.
Prosecution stated that Mr Lubega and others still at large on January 22, at Bukesa in Kampala publically conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace.
It is further stated that he willfully and unlawfully destroyed the office furniture and office documents, the property of Boda Boda 2010.
He was also told to apply for bail the next time he returns to court before the trial magistrate.
The army and police spent the better part of Monday in running battles with boda boda riders who raided and set ablaze the offices a day after Mr Kitatta’s arrest over the murder of the Case Clinic accountant Francis Ekalungar.
Ekalungar was kidnapped on January 2 on his way to bank the hospital’s Shs15m. His body was discovered by police in Kajjansi, burnt beyond recognition.
Military intelligence investigations revealed that Ekalungar was trailed by men on three motorcycles that monitored him from outside the hospital premises on Buganda Road.