Chained Protestors Charged for Holding an Unlawful Assembly

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The six youths, Latif Bazibu, Didas Mugisha, Badru Magumba, Sande Kiweewa, Alex Apangu, and Isaac Kyagulanyi jointly denied the charge before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu.

Six youths who recently chained themselves on street poles around the city have been charged for holding an unlawful assembly.

The youths had chained themselves against street poles in various parts of Kampala in protest of the continued police presence at former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye's home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.

The six youths, Latif Bazibu, Didas Mugisha, Badru Magumba, Sande Kiweewa, Alex Apangu, and Isaac Kyagulanyi were part of a wider group protesting the outcome of the February 18 presidential election and the subsequent home detention of Dr Kizza Besigye in a campaign dubbed; "free my vote."

The youths said they were chained to commiserate with Dr Besigye who had been under house arrest for over 40 days.

They jointly denied the charge before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu.

They however could not be released on bail due to the lack of a legal representative.  Kizza Abdul, the lawyer that they had hired, did not have a practicing certificate, a perquisite document to represent suspects in court.

To that effect, presiding magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu remanded them to Luzira prison until April 18.