Kampala, Uganda | URN | Kampala deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura and the Soroti District Woman MP Anna Adeke Ebaju, have further been remanded to Luzira prison after the state attorney Joy Apolot said she needs a week to study their bail applications.
Also remanded are Suzan Nanyonjo, Mariam Kizito, Among Alice, and Margaret Madanda Wokuri, all opposition Forum Democratic Change (FDC) party women leaders.
The women were arrested on Monday 30, May 2022 at Mulago roundabout where they were holding a protest against increased commodity prices. They were arraigned at the LDC court for allegedly staging an unlawful assembly and inciting violence, but could not be given bail because it was late and the banks had closed.
On Tuesday, the accused’s lawyers led by Erias Lukwago presented 12 people to stand surety. State Attorney Apolot said that some of the national identity cards that were presented to the court are photocopies and that since the sureties are many in number, she needed time to study their documents.
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Samuel Muyizzi, another lawyer opposed the adjournment arguing that the State Attorney is denying the accused their constitutional right to bail.
Acting Chief Magistrate Augustine Alule in his ruling said that the one week requested by the prosecution is too long. He however said that the prosecution has a right to verify the documents of the sureties as requested. He adjourned the case to Tuesday next week.
Last week, the former FDC president Dr Kizza Besigye was charged with similar offenses and remanded to Luzira prison.