By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: Suspeccts who were arrested by police in 2017 for allegedly involving in the assassination of former police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi are not about to get bail.
This is because their bail application hearing failed to kick off on Tuesday on grounds that the trial judge, Lydia Mugambe was unwell. Justice Margaret-Oguli Oumo told the defense lawyers and sureties of the suspects in her chambers that Justice Mugambe was unwell and would be available on June 17th 2019.
The suspects are Abdul-Rashid Mbaziira, Aramanzani Noordin Higenyi alias Taata Abdullazack, Yusuf Mugerwa alias Wilson, Bruhan Balyejusa alias Jimmy Masiga Ogutu, Joshua Magezi Kyambadde alias Abdu Rahman, Jibril Kalyango alias Abu Aisha, Yusuf Siraje Nyanzi alias Jimmy Ssentamu and Shafik Kasujja. Prosecution was not in court. The Defense lawyer, Anthony Wameli, said it is unfortunate the hearing of the bail application of his clients couldn’t take place. Wameli told the press that they had filed all the necessary documentation to secure the bail of his clients.Wameli decried the manner in which the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution-DPP is handling the case, which borders on the abuse of the suspect’s rights
He also accused the DPP of forging new charges against some of the suspects. Suspects such as Aramanzani Noordin Higenyi and Bruhan Balyejusa face fresh charges of forgery and illegal possession of National Identity Cards at Nabweru magistrate’s court. Others are accused of child trafficking in court in Mukono. Wameli says as defense they will file application bail applications in Nabweru and Mukono court. The accused are suspected to have conspired to murder Kaweesi, who was gunned down on March 17, 2017 together with his bodyguard, Keneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambeo a few meters from his home in Kulambiro in Nakawa Division in Kampala.