PIC: Col. Ndahura Atwooki ( File Photo)
He has been in the coolers for some time, but lady luck smiled on him this Monday when his request for bail was accepted.
The Makindye-based army court granted bail to Col. Ndahura Atwooki after presenting Ruhinda County MP Donozio Kahonda as surety.
On Monday, the Court martial chairman, Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, considered Col. Ndahura’s bail application, basing on his health condition and the time he has served the army without any bad record.
Court released him on a non-cash bail of sh10m while his surety, signed on a non-cash bail of sh5m.
As it was the case with Gen. Kayihura, court has also restricted Ndahura from travelling beyond borders of Kampala and Wakiso districts, without prior authorisation.
He has also been ordered to report to Court at least every first day of every month without fail.
Ndahura was arrested on June 11, 2018 by operatives from the Chieftaincy Military Intelligence (CMI) in Makindi district, and he has been detained since then at Makindye Military barracks alongside his colleagues’.
Col. Ndahura, a former Crime Intelligence Director in Uganda Police Force (UPF), is among the seven officers battling cases of aiding and abetting the kidnap and repatriation of Rwandan refugees back to Rwanda against their wish, contrary to the Penal Code Act (PCA) Capt.120.
He is jointly accused with the former Police Flying Squad Unit (FSU) Commandant, Herbert Muhangi, 47, Commandant Special Operations Unit (SOU), Nixon Agasirwe Karuhanga, 47, his deputy Richard Ndaboine,37, Patrick Muramira,42,Jonas Ayebaza,29, and Abel Muyomba Kitagenda.
According to prosecution, Gen. Kayihura and his co-accused between 2012 and 2016, by omission or commission aided and abetted the actions of subordinate police officers to kidnap and repatriate Rwandan exiles, refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda, namely, Lt. Joel Mutabazi (former aide to Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame), Jackson Kalemera alias Ndinga, and Sgt. Innocent Kariisa.
Prosecution further alleges that the accused in the same years allowed the use of arms to unauthorised persons, namely, members of Boda boda 2010 head by Abdullah Kitatta, who together with others, is facing charges of illegal possession of army equipment in the same court.
However, Herbert Musangi's bail application ruling has been scheduled for February, 19, 2019.
In 2017, Jinja Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa found Kahonda guilty of uttering false documents and forgery and was sentenced to nine months in prison.
He however appealed the ruling, saying that the lower Court convicted him of several counts without establishing the ingredients of the said case.