Opposition suspects including Kampala lord mayor Erias Lukwago who were arrested Tuesday are finally out on bail after appearing yesterday afternoon before Makindye Grade One magistrate George Watyekere on charges of disobeying lawful court orders following their arrest last Tuesday at the FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi.
The prosecution accused the suspects arrested of showing up for the prayers in defiance of the Constitutional court order issued by the deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma last week on Friday after banning all activities under the FDC defiance campaign whereby the order was in response to an application by the deputy attorney general, Mwesigwa Rukutana.
When presented to court yesterday, the suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through their lawyer, Medard Lubega Sseggona who told the court that his clients had been denied food since they were arrested on Tuesday and detained in different police cells yet some of them have got different health problems.
The magistrates granted the accused bail at Shs 5m not cash. In even more defiance during the 15-minute break, Pastor Happy David Ngabo, one of the suspects, led prayers inside court premises reminding the state that they have no powers to ban prayers and that God will eventually reign over. Each of their sureties executed a non-cash bond of UGX 20 million. Court asked them to return on May 18 for hearing of their case since investigations are complete.