Lukwago, 30 Others Out on Court Bail

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Prosecution accused the suspects of showing up for the prayers in defiance of the constitutional court order issued by the Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma on Friday last week banning all activities under the FDC defiance campaign.

Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago and 30 Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party supporters are out on bail. 



The suspects appeared this afternoon before George Watyekere, the Makindye Grade One magistrate on charges of disobeying lawful court orders following their arrest on Tuesday at the FDC party headquarters in Najjankumbi where they had turned up for the weekly prayers.
 

Prosecution accused the suspects of showing up for the prayers in defiance of the Constitutional Court order issued by the Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma on Friday last week banning all activities under the FDC defiance campaign. 



The order was in response to an application by the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, saying the defiance campaign is inconsistent with articles 1 (1), 1 (3), 1 (4), 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the constitution.


 
However, the suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through their lawyer, Medard Ssegona. He told court that his clients had been denied food since they were arrested on Tuesday and detained in different police cells, yet some of them have health problems.
 
 
The other lawyers included Adam Kyomuhendo, Luyimbazi Nalukola and Miss Zawede Lukwago. George Watyekere, the Makindye Grade One magistrate granted the accused bail at Shillings 5 million not cash. 



Each of their sureties executed a non-cash bond of Shillings 20 million. He asked them to return to court on May 18th for hearing of their case since investigations are complete.

The suspects are: 

1. Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago
2. Pastor Ngabo
3. Dr. Stella Nyanzi
4. Mutibwa Fred
5. Nabakoza Rema
6. Katende Sulaiman
7. Tugumisiriza Junior
8. Kabayira Phiona
9. Kizito Livingstone
10. Muhereza Ronald
11. Tugume Bosa
12. Mpindi Ahmed
13. Ahmed Serujonji
14. Mushebe Simon
15. Wesoga Samuel
16. Asiimwe Victor
17. Dr. George Okweri
18. Zuwa Mustafa
19. Akakwatsa Anaclet
20. Buhibwe Joan
21. Mbabazi Jackie
22. Namusabi Harriet
23. Damba Abdul Karim
24. Muhereza Godfrey
25. Bukenya Denis
26. Wante Jamal
27. Pastor Serujonji Edward.
28. Jurgens Mushabe,
29. Deo Kizito
30. Joel Bbosa,
31. Obed Sserunjogi.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.