The Army General Court Martial has released Nubian Li, Eddie Mutwe, music producer Daniel Brenny Oyerwot commonly known as Dan Magic and 15 others on bail.
The group, is part of the team of aids to former presidential candidate and National Unity Platform leader Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert alias Bobi Wine who were arrested in Kalangala while on campaign trail with Bobi Wine on December 30, 2020.
They were arraigned before the chief magistrate in Masaka City in January 2021 and were granted bail. However, they were re-arrested and detained at the Makindye Military backs for days before they were arraigned in the army court where they were charged afresh and remanded to Kitalya prison.
“After listening to submissions for both counsel, for the applicant and respondent, this court has deliberated on this application and rules as follows; applicants have spent long on remand, in the result, this court finds merit in the application and hereby grants bail to the applicants on the following terms;” Lt Gen Gutti, the chairman of the court ruled.
The court has however ordered the suspects not to move beyond the limits of Wakiso and Kampala districts without its prior permission, report to court twice a month after every two weeks. Each of them was bounded to Shs20m not cash while their four sureties were bonded Shs50m not cash each.
The chairman of the court also ordered the suspects to always report to his court as and when required and that breach of any of the above terms, would lead to automatic cancellation of their bail and returned to jail.
“Nubian Li, Eddie Mutwe, Dan Magic and the rest of the team members arrested in Kalangala last year have been released on bail. While this is a sigh of relief, we still have to press on and demand for the release of all political prisoners across the country,” Nakawa West MP, Mr Joel Ssenyonyi who doubles as NUP spokesperson tweeted on Monday.
The government of Uganda accuses the suspects of unlawful possession of ammunition contrary to the Firearms Act. They however deny the allegations.
Prosecution at the Army Court alleges that on January 3, 2021 while at Makerere- Kavule, Kiggundu Zone in Kawempe Division, Kampala, the group was found in possession of four rounds of live ammunition of AK47 which are ordinarily a monopoly of the defence forces.