Journalists kicked out of Court Martial premises as NUP supporters seek bail

Journalists kicked out of Court Martial premises as NUP supporters seek bail
Journalists standing outside the General court martial in Makindye after being ordered to vacate the court premises by UPDF officers.

The supporters, represented by counsel Benjamin Katana, presented nine sureties, including eight Members of Parliament and a mayor, in a bid for release.

KAMPALA | Monday morning started off with journalists being shown exit from the General Court Martial premises as 28 National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters were being presented for a bail application hearing.

The supporters, represented by counsel Benjamin Katana, presented nine sureties, including eight Members of Parliament and a mayor, in a bid for release.

Katana expressed frustration at the prolonged detention since May 2021, decrying the delay in justice for the presumed innocent supporters.

"The presentation of nine sureties, eight of whom are Members of Parliament and a mayor, was made to court for a bail application for 28 people NUP supporters," Counsel Katana said.

The court, responding to prosecution's demands, set March 19th as the hearing date to review the bail request.

The sureties led by the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Joel Ssenyoni, criticised the denial of journalists access, highlighting the public interest nature of the case.

"It was a matter of public interest which necessitated the media, therefore having them out was totally unnecessary" Ssenyoni remarked.

He further denounced the court martial's rejection of parents and relatives as sureties, mobilising NUP leaders to stand in their place.

"The court martial had rejected the idea of parents and relatives of the NUP supporters standing in as sureties, citing that they were not substantial sureties, this reason is unacceptable," Ssenyonyi added.

The sureties, comprising MPs Ssenyoni, Hellen Nakimuli, Kabanda, Goretti Namuga, David Aga Isabirye, Ronald Balimweso, Francis Zaake, Aloysius Mikasa, and Ali Nganda, stand ready to vouch for the detained NUP supporters as they await the bail hearing set for March 19.

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