“I will serve my sentence as directed by court. I am ready to start, and God-willing, I will complete it.
KAMPALA - Muzafar Luyima, who was convicted for being an accessory after the July 11, 2010 Kampala bombings, has vowed to serve his sentence of community service.
The 45-year-old said this at the main High Court in Kampala on Tuesday shortly after being released, as directed by trial judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo.
"I will serve my sentence as directed by court. I am ready to start, and God-willing, I will complete it in the name of Allah," he said.
Out of the 13 men accused of terror-related charges, Luyima was the only one charged with ‘being an accessory after the fact', a crime of minimal gravity under the Anti-terrorism Act.
It is contrary to Section 28 and 29 of the Anti-terrorism Act, 2002 and carries a sentence not exceeding three years or a fine not exceeding 150 currency points. One currency point is equivalent to sh20, 000.
However, the judge took into consideration that Muzafar Luyima had spent five years and nine months on remand. His crime was helping his siblings Isa Luyima and Haruna Luyima to escape after the blasts.
His sentence ends next year on June 7.
(All photos by Juliet Kasirye)
Muzafar Luyima was escorted by prison wardens to the court chambers looking rather relaxed
Luyima talked to his father Muhammed Nondo earlier in court
Left-handed, he signed release forms after he was released but sentenced to community service
The community service officer Apophia Turyahabwe handed him a community service uniform
The prison warden handed Muzafar Luyima over to the chairman of Namasuba Para Zone, Farouk Kigongo, as detective Emmanuel Abwango looked on after Luyima was acquitted
Kigongo shook hands with Luyima as people, including reporters, looked on
Muhammed Nondo congratulated his son