Eighteen National Unity Platform members have today been granted bail by the General Court Martial. The 18, headlined by party president Robert Kyagulanyi’s singing partner, Nubian Li had spent six months on remand at the famed Kitalya Government Prison. Also among the released are Bobi Wine’s famous bodyguard Eddy Ssebujju alias Eddie Mutwe and FireBase producer Sir Dan Magic real names Daniel Brenny Oyerwot.
The General Court Martial chairman, Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti ruled that as the applicants had spent long on remand, the court saw weight in their application. However, Gutti set strict terms to be adhered to by the applicants which are not limited to not traveling outside Wakiso and Kampala districts without the court’s permission and reporting to court fortnightly.
Slapped with a non cash bond of shs20m for each of them and with their four sureties bounded to shs50m, they were the last batch of Wine’s campaign team to get bail.
Nubian Li, Eddie Mutwe, Dan Magic, and the rest of the team members arrested in Kalangala last year have been released on bail. While this is a sigh of relief, we still have to press on and demand the release of all political prisoners across the country.Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi, NUP spokesperson on Twitter
How did they get here?
It should be remembered that on December 3oth, security agencies arrested 49 members of the former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi during a campaign trail on the Kalangala islands. The former Kyadondo East legislator would then go on to complete his campaign trail without a big number of his campaign team.
On the other hand, the 49, would find themselves on remand at Kitalya prison after they were re-arrested following arraignment before the chief magistrate in Masaka City at the turn of the new year in which they had secured bail. The NUP members were briefly detained at the Makindye Military Barracks following their re-arrest before their fate for the next half year was determined by the army court which pressed new charges on the youthful group. They were charged with unlawful possession of ammunition as the prosecution alleges the group was found in unlawful possession of four rounds of live ammunition of AK47. Over the past few months, some of the members have secured bail after meeting the court’s requirements.
Their Principle went ahead to poll 3,631,437 votes in the January 14 polls accounting for 35% of the votes according to the Independent Electoral Commission. Incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni swayed the vote in his favor, however, he registered a lower percentage than in his previous elections with 58% of the valid votes.