MP Kahonda Challenges Bail Hearing Date

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Jailed Ruhinda County MP Donozio Mugabe Kahonda is challenging his bail hearing date set by the Jinja High Court. According Chief Registrar Paul Gadenya, Kahonda challenges a date in August that had earlier been given to him reasoning that it is a far date.

Jailed Ruhinda County MP Donozio Mugabe Kahonda is challenging his bail hearing date set by the Jinja High Court.
 
According Chief Registrar Paul Gadenya, Kahonda challenges a date in August that had earlier been given to him reasoning that it is too far in the future.
 
With this development, Gadenya in a telephone interview with URN said he had advised the embattled MP to petition Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwine seeking a directive in the matter.
 
Gadenya explains that the earlier Judge who had been allocated Kahonda's file is currently away presiding over a criminal session and so the nearest date that the Judge can be available is in August yet Kahonda says the date is far.
 
According to Gadenya, MP Kahonda seeks his bail application hearing to be fast-tracked hence his advice for a directive from the administrative head of the High Court to be sought.
 
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MP Kahonda had last week applied to be released on bail pending the hearing of his appeal in which he is challenging his conviction and subsequent nine-month jail sentence handed by the Jinja Chief Magistrates Court after being found guilty of forgery.
 
He appealed against this verdict before the Jinja High Court under Criminal Appeal No. 22 of 2017
 
Kahonda, a retired Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) captain, was on June 7th found guilty of eleven counts of impersonation, forgery and uttering false documents by Jinja Chief Magistrates Court and was immediately sent to Kirinya Prison.
 
The charges against the legislator, who trounced the Justice minister Kahinda Otafire in the 2016 parliamentary elections, stemmed from allegations that he uttered a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) to Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) and pretended to be Mutabazi Levan Dickson whereas not.
 
Kahonda is also accused of having forged a medical report on UPDF entry form at the Military Academy in Jinja  in the name of Mutabazi Levan Dickson and purported that the same document was genuine whereas not.
 
Some of the grounds for Kahonda's bail application are that he has demonstrated exceptional circumstances to warrant release on bail. He also challenges the jurisdiction of the Chief Magistrate's Court of Jinja for having handled his case that did not originate from within local limits of the court.
 
The MP also argues that the Chief Justice did not authorise the hearing as provided for under Section 7 of the Magistrates Court Act to cure the illegality, hence its decision was a nullity.  

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.