Relatives of the eight suspects accused of participating in the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi said that they are in great fear that the accused, who were granted bail on Tuesday, may be re-arrested soon after by security personnel.
On Tuesday Justice Lydia Mugambe granted the eight suspects bail. What is left are legal formalities such as substantiating the identifies of the sureties, that could be cleared today.
The eight are: Abdurashid Mbaziira, Noordin Higenyi alias Taata Abdallazak, Yusuf Mugerwa alias Wilson, Bruhan Balyejusa alias Jimmy Masiga Ogutu, Joshua Magezi Kyambadde alias Abdu Rahman, Jibril Kalyango alias Abu Aisha, Yusuf Siraje Nyanzi alias Jimmy Ssentamu and Shafik Kasujja.
However even before they regain their partial freedom, relatives fear that security agencies may not respect the decision of the court.
Namulindwa Sumayya a wife to Yusuf Nyanzi, one of the suspects, told Nile Post that she has received a number of threats and is fearful that something could happen to her husband the moment he walks out of the court premises.
“Some people have come to our LC1 office telling leaders not to hand out letters that confirm that the suspects are residents of the area,” she said.
Bruhan Senabulya also a relative to one of the suspects claimed he had been threatened by unknown people.
Carrying placards with messages condemning the act of re-arresting suspects, the relatives asked government to stop discriminating Muslims since bail is a constitutional right and can be granted to whoever deserves it.
One of the lawyers of the suspects Anthony Wameli said it is unfortunate that such things still happen in the modern day.
The Uganda Muslim Lawyers Association led by their president Hakim Lubega condemned the attempts to re-arrest the suspects.
The eight substantial sureties warranting them to be granted bail since they had spent a lot of time without trial, they are expected tomorrow to finalise their bail.