The General Court Martial sitting in Makindye has granted bail to former police director in charge of Crime Intelligence, Col. Ndahura Atwooki.
Ndahura was arrested in June in Masindi as the army launched an onslaught on Gen. Kale Kayihura’s cronies.
On Monday, the court chaired by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti ruled that being a senior and long serving officer, it has been convinced that he needs to be released on bail as he awaits his trial.
“He has never been convicted of any case , he is of advanced age and is sickly. This court therefore finds that he should be released on bail,” Lt. Gen. Gutti said.
The court chairman added that the sureties presented by Col.Ndahura were substantial enough to force him to court if required.
The court however put strict conditions to be fulfilled by the former police Crime Intelligence chief as part of his bail.
The court restricted Ndahura to movement only in Kampala and Wakiso districts and in case he wishes to move out of the two districts, he must ask for permission.
He was also asked to report to the court once every month.
The army court asked Ndahura to pay s bond of shs10 million non cash whereas each of his four sureties was asked to pay shs5 million non cash.
“If you default on any of the conditions, the bail will be cancelled,”Lt.Gen.Kitatta warned.
Col. Ndahura Atwooki is charged together with the former Inspector General of Police Gen.Kale Kayihura, ACP Herbert Muhangi, the former Flying Squad Commander, SSP Richard Ndaboine (former head of Police Cyber Crime Unit) and Nixon Agasiirwe(former commander, Special Operations Unit).
Others are AIP Jonas Ayebaze, ASP Patrick Muramira (former deputy commander police Special Operations Unit) and Detective constable Abel Ktagenda.
The group is accused of aiding and abetting kidnap and repatriation of Rwandese refugees back to Rwanda against their own will.
It is alleged that between the year 2012 and 2016, by omission and commission, the group aided and abetted the actions of subordinate police officers and others on various occasions without hindrance to kidnap and illegally repatriated Rwandan exiles, refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda including Lt.Joel Mutabazi, Jackson Karemera and Sgt. Innocent Karisa.
They are also charged with failure to protect war materials contrary to section 122(1) (2) (d) of the UPDF
The state alleges that between the year 2010 and 2018 the police officers on various occasions allowed the issue of arms and ammunitions to unauthorized persons including members of Boda boda 2010 led by one Abdullah Kitatta.
The group is also accused of failure to supervise and ensure accountability for the arms and ammunitions issued to specialized units under the office of the Inspector General of Police including the Flying Squad, Special Operations Unit, witness protection unit and the Crime Intelligence directorate of the police force.