By Michael Odeng
KAMPALA - A man said to be a businessman in Wakiso district has been charged with human trafficking and remanded to Luzira Prison.
Simon Kayitara, 30, was charged for transporting and recruiting eleven people for rebel activities in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
They are Wilson Kayira, Esaw Kahigi, Geofrey Rwenzaho, Michael Karuhanga, John Sonko, Sam Kabeera, Ivan Kwikirza, Frank Muloli, Emmanuel Tumwine, Isaac Kamazi and Julius Asimwe.
Kayitara appeared before Chief Magistrate Olive Namukwaya on Monday at Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court in Kampala and charged with eleven counts of trafficking and an alternative count of recruiting people for rebel activities.
He denied the charges against him.
Magistrate Namukwaya denied granting him bail on grounds that he presented unsubstantial sureties in court and might interfere with state witnesses.
The sureties did not have Local Council (LC) letters indicating their area of residence – a key detail necessary in the court process.
She also denied him bail basing on the argument that investigations are not complete yet.
“The state should carry out investigations very fast for an expeditious trial,” she said.
She made it clear that the offence is grave in nature and the maximum sentence for the offence is life imprisonment.
Prosecution led by resident state attorney Peace Biira alleges that the suspect and other still at large in May, 2013 in Kampala district recruited, transported and transferred eleven people to DRC for rebel activities by means of fraud or deception for purposes of exploitation.
Defense lawyer, Twinamasiko however pleaded with court to grant the accused bail, insisting that he will not jump bail and interfere with prosecution witnesses.
“The suspect is a law-abiding citizen of good character who will not abscond court or interfere with prosecution witnesses,” he pleaded.
The lawyer underlined his case to have his client granted bail by adding that Kayitara has been fulfilling police terms and conditions while on bond.
Nevertheless, the accused was remanded to jail until September, 17 when he is to reappear in court for mention.