Mbabazi's Lawyer Released On Police Bond

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Yusuf Mutembule was arrested on Thursday at Iganga Magistrates Court by a team of police officers led by Ashiraf Chemonges, the Busoga East Regional police Commander, for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

Police has released Yusuf Mutembule, a legal team leader of Amama Mbabazi's Go-Forward Pressure Group for Eastern Region.

Mutembule of Mutembule and Company Advocates was arrested on Thursday at Iganga Magistrate's Court for allegedly assaulting a police officer. His arrest was led by Busoga East Regional Police commander, Ashiraf Chemonges. Mutembule was then detained at Iganga Central Police station.
Police accuse Mutembule of assaulting a police officer identified only as Ajer, who had gone to arrest Balyesoma Motulero for disobedience of lawful orders. Motulero is Mutembule's client.

According to Chemonges, Mutembule assaulted the police officer with the intention of obstructing him from arresting his client.

Police says they wanted Balyesoma, a resident of Mayuge for disobeying court orders not to conduct any business on a controversial piece of land.

Mutembule recorded a statement and was charged with assault, before he was granted a police bond. Mutembule is expected to report back to police on 12th October, 2015 as police investigates into his case.

Mutembule denies the charges and argued that his arrest was politically-motivated. He told URN that during his arrest, police also accused him of obstructing the police on duty in Jinja during Amama Mbabazi's botched consultation meetings.
Meanwhile, in a press statement by the Go-Forward campaign team, they called the police to respect the rights of all Ugandans and desist from being used as agents of political intrigue and intimidation.


About the author

Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.