State Fails to Produce Mukulu Again

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Jamil Mukulu was expected at Jinja Magistrates Court today for mention of his case. The ADF leader was arrested in Tanzania in July 2014 and extradited to Uganda to stand trial for alleged terrorism, murder and treason.

The state has failed to produce Jamil Mukulu, the leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)  in court for the third time.

Mukulu was expected  at Jinja Magistrates Court  today for mention of his case. However, by the time of filing this story, Mukulu had not appeared in court.

On December 29, 2016, Jinja Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa tasked the prosecution to explain why Mukulu had not been brought in court.

State Prosecutor James Muliro told court that he did not know why Mukulu was not produced in court despite a production warrant issued earlier.

The defendant's lawyers together with the magistrate and the state agreed that Mukulu would be produced in court after one month so that he can be committed to high court for trial.

However, despite the ruling, the state did not produce Mukulu and lawyers were not given any communication. Samson Muyizzi, one of Mukulu's lawyers describes this as absurd.

"This is very challenging and a sign  that the state is not ready to give the suspect a right to fair hearing. We know that Mukulu has not been feeling well but it cannot be a reason for the state to fail to produce him in court," he said

Mukulu is charged with murder, treason and terrorism. The  state is expected to produce him in court as per the ruling made by the Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa. 

Government believes Mukulu was the main architect of the ADF insurgency in Western Uganda between 1996 and 2002. He was arrested in Tanzania in July 2014 and extradited to Uganda for trial. He has since appeared in court on a few occasions and is now on remand in Luzira Maximum Prison.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).