13 January 2013

Uganda: FDC Official Freed On Bail

After four months in Luzira prison, FDC politician Michael Kabaziguruka has finally walked free. He was released on bail by the Kololo-based War Crimes Court.

Justice Elizabeth Nahamya released Kabaziguruka on a Shs 5m cash bail, alongside three co-accused. The others granted bail included Fredrick Namara, 33, a Nakawa resident; John Kareebe, 50, a peasant from Ntungamo district; and John Turyagorora, 56, a head teacher at Kazinga primary school in Ntungamo.

Each of their sureties, who included the leader of the opposition in parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda (MP Kyadondo East) and Kamuli District Chairperson Proscovia Salaamu Musumba was ordered to execute a Shs 10m non-cash bond. Kabaziguruka and Namara were also ordered to deposit two passport photographs together with those of their sureties to the Registrar Nakawa court where they must report every Friday while the other co-accused persons must report to Ntungamo police every fortnight.

However, Nahamya declined the bail application of Lt. Andrew Ojja, 42, a UPDF soldier, because he lacked sound sureties and a known place of residence. The accused and others still at large are alleged to have conspired to overthrow the government between 2010 and September 2012 in various places in Kampala, Wakiso, Kiboga, Soroti, Ntungamo, Kenya and DR Congo, charges they deny.

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