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Army court releases more senior police officers

By Douglas Mubiru

Added 4th February 2020 09:28 PM

They are battling charges of aiding illegal repatriation of Rwandan nationals together with former police boss, Gen. Kale Kayihura, who is also currently on bail.

Army court releases more senior police officers

L-R AIP Jonas Ayebaze, SSP Richard Ndaboine, ASP Patrick Muramira and police constable Abel Muyomba Kitagenda in the dock at the GCM at Makindye on Monday 3 February, 2020. (Photo by Douglas Mubiru)

They are battling charges of aiding illegal repatriation of Rwandan nationals together with former police boss, Gen. Kale Kayihura, who is also currently on bail.

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KAMPALA - Makindye based General Court Martial (GCM) in Kampala has released on bail more four senior officers who are on charges of kidnapping and repatriating Rwandan nationals.

The released are SSP Richard Ndaboine, 37, the former deputy commandant Special Operations Unit, ASP Patrick Muramira, 42 (ex-commandant Special Operations  Unit), AIP Jonas Ayebaze, 29, and police constable Abel Muyomba Kitagenda, 34.

They are battling charges of aiding illegal repatriation of Rwandan nationals together with former police boss, Gen. Kale Kayihura, who is also currently on bail.

Kayihura appeared before the GCM registrar on Monday. He reports to there every first Monday of the month, as one of his bail terms.

Upon appearing in court on Tuesday, the accused through their lawyer Elizabeth Nyansigwa told the court that her clients had fixed place of abode, had substantial sureties and would not interfere with prosecution investigations once bailed.

"My Lord, this court has the discretion to grant bail, the accused are all family men with young children. They are ready to fulfil all the reasonable bail terms," Nyansigwa said.

On mitigation, state prosecutors Maj. Raphael Mugisha and Cpt. Ambrose Baguma told the court to reject the defence request saying they are senior police officers who may jeopardies pending prosecution investigations.

Delivering his ruling into the matter, the GCM Chairman, Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti granted the four accused a non-cash bail of sh10m and each of their sureties sh20m, non-cash.

"This court grants bail to each of the applicants having satisfactorily proved that their places of abode are permanent and have presented substantial sureties," Gutti ruled.

However, the court ordered the accused to not go beyond Kampala and Wakiso, and report to GMC registrar everything after 14 days on Wednesday.

Prior, still on remand on the same charges is SSP Nixon Agasirwe 47, the former police's Standards Unit commandant, Benon Atwebembeire, Abel Tumukunde and Faisal Katende.

According to the prosecution, the accused unlawfully kidnapped Jackson Kalemera alias Ndinga and (Lieutenant) Joel Mutabazi and delivered them to Rwanda without their consent.

It is also asserted that on October 25, 2013, at Kamengo in Mpigi district along the Kampala-Masaka road, while in unlawful possession of firearms and grenades, ordinarily a monopoly of Uganda's People Defence Forces, the accused persons conveyed Kalemera and Mutabazi to Rwanda.

 

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