31 December 2012

Uganda: Lawmaker Nsereko Out On Bail

Kampala central Member of Parliament Mohammed Nsereko has been released on bail.

Deafening congratulatory applause from supporters engulfed the court hall when Tororo chief magistrate Charles Emuria granted Nsereko bail.

Leader of Opposition in parliament also Budadiri west MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi and Bunyole East MP Emmanuel Dombo stood surety for Nsereko, each compelled to pay a cash bail of shs500,000.

Nsereko who looked humbled told The New vision: "The journey to liberty is long and treacherous but I have embarked on it."

Medard Segona who led Nsereko's team of six lawyers described the charges preferred against his client as "silly and empty", adding "We shall always take the day in such legal battles."

Earlier Nsereko who was spotting a white T-shirt with a scarf and pair of jeans pleaded not guilty to charges of incitement to violence which contravene section 51 (1) of the penal code act.

Particulars of the charge alleged that on December 23, 2012, at the burial ceremony of the fallen Butaleja MP Cerinah Nebanda at Hitunga Butaleja town council, Butaleja district, Nsereko uttered words intended to incite the public into violence. Nebanda's mother was also in attendance.

Nsereko stresses a point after his release. He is flanked by Nebanda's mother (L) and Western youth MP Gerald Karuhanga. PHOTO/Faustine Odeke

The state was represented by Tororo Resident State Attorney Charles Bogere Bwiso.

Nsereko was remanded to Morukatipe prison in Tororo after the charge sheet was found defective.

Court has compelled prosecution to undertake the necessary amendments.

In his opening submission on Monday, Tororo Resident state attorney Bwiso told court that the anomaly cited in the charge sheet last Friday had been corrected and the suspect was at liberty to take plea.

Segona urged court to drop the criminal charges against his client.

"Your worship I also wish to submit that my client has been under custody for a period of a week," submitted Segona, before presenting sureties and their particulars.

Bwiso did not object but insisted that court issues stringent terms against the suspect if it had to grant him bail. The case was adjourned to January 13.

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