Kasibante Out On Bail

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The embattled Rubaga North MP contestant, Moses Kasibante granted a300,000 shillings cash bail. He denied three counts of inciting violence, illegal assembly and malicious damage.

The embattled Rubaga North parliamentary contestant, Moses Kasibante has been granted bail by Buganda Road Court this afternoon following his arrest yesterday.

Grade One Magistrate, Francis Dawa Matenga granted Kasibante and his co-accused John Lukkaga 300,000 shillings cash bail each while their surities were bailed 10 million shillings not cash.

Kasibante's surities were James Serunjogi, a news anchor at Central Broadcasting Service (CBS) radio  and Edith Nabakka, a local councilor at Kasubi Zone II. Serunjogi presented a voter's card and a job Identity card but court demanded that he shows the LC1 letter indicating his area of residence.

  Kasibante and Lukagga are accused of inciting violence, illegal assembly and malicious damage.The two were arrested and detained at Old Kampala police station on Monday.
Prosecution alleges that on 16 May 2011 at Nankulabye roundabout without lawful excuse the two incited other people to act violently for political reasons. It is also alleges that Kasibante, Lukaga and others at large assembled themselves for a purpose that led people living in Nankulabye neighborhood to fear. They are also accused of maliciously damaging a police vehicle windscreen. A windscreen of the car number UP 2565 was reportedly damaged.
They both denied the charges brought against them.

Erias Lukwago, Kasibante’s lawyer asked court to grant his client bail because it was his constitutional right. The case was adjourned to June 2nd 2011.

Soon after the court session, Kasibante’s surety was seen organizing how to get the LC letter before 5pm, when court closes business. Others were seen rushing to the bank to pay the cash bail in order to beat the 3 pm deadline for bank closure.

While all this was going on, police was heavily deployed around the court premises restricting entry of Kasibante’s supporters.

Kasibante had been declared winner in the contested Rubaga North parliamentary elections, beating his main challenger, NRM's Singh Katongole. The NRM treasurer however won in a controversial recount presided over by Mengo Chief Magistrate Phillip Odoki, prompting Kasibante to go to court claiming that some of the ballot boxes had been tampered with. Katongole was sworn in yesterday.