The court martial on Monday declined to heed to the bail application of the National Unity Platform party supporters who were in December 2020 arrested in Kalangala at a campaign trail of presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine.
In the court verdict issued by the court martial presiding judge, Lt. Andrew Gutti, prosecution stated that the accused if granted bail were likely to spearhead ‘post election chaos’. The suspects who are facing possession of firearms charges include Bobi Wine’s private bodyguard Edward Ssebuufu alias Eddie Mutwe, his singing partner Buken Ali alias Nubian Li, music producer Oyerwot Daniel aka Dan Magic and several NUP bloggers.
However, NUP lawyers said they are to appeal to the supreme court to overturn the bail denial of the suspects. George Musisi, a counsel for the accused told media that as NUP, they will exhaust all legal avenues to ensure that all the incarcerated are granted back their freedom. He says Gutti errored because none of the accused persons has ever been convicted for any charge.
“This is just a political persecution,” he says. “From the verdict, one would tale that the court martial judges were being influenced by an invisible hand,” he adds.
Last week, the same court granted bail to at least 13 suspects mainly females who had health concerns.
Outside the court premises, military launched a flogging spree on relatives and friends who had come to stand surety for the accused persons. Several people including a heavily pregnant woman were injured in the run battles