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Kaweesi murder suspects fail to raise Shs2m cash bail, remanded again

Kaweesi murder suspects remanded again. File photo.

Two suspects in the Kaweesi murder case have been sent back to Luzira prison after they failed to raise the Shs2m cash bail.

Of the three suspects who confessed to belonging to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel outfit, only Umar Maganda managed to raise the bail money.

The trio were released on bail on Tuesday only to be sent back to Luzira after they failed to raise the Shs2m.

Even for Maganda, the Shs2m was raised by family members after a two-day struggle, allowing court to issue a production warrant for him then he secured his temporary release to report to court from his home.

Maganda and two of his co-accused (Abdu Kala and Ahmed Ssenfuka) who are battling charges of murder in relation to fallen AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi and professing to belong to a rebel group were granted bail by Grade One magistrate Noah Sajjabi on Tuesday.

These were, however, painfully driven back to Luzira after their families failed to immediately raise the set cash bail of Shs2 million.

Maganda told PML Daily that he was was grateful for the temporary release.

“I thank God for I’m now going home to work,” he said.

But Maganda and his family were terrified following what happened to them the last time when state controversially re-arrested them.

The group’s lawyer Anthony Wameli said the Shs2m has been a hustle for the families of his clients, saying the two are still stuck at Luzira only hoping that their families get money too.

“Those who didn’t pay were taken back but if they raise the money even today and there is proof in court of payment, then magistrate will issue a production warrant and they will be set free,” he said.

With a bail term to report to the DPC every second Friday and return to court every two weeks for mention of charges, Maganda who stays in Busia will have to undergo heavy costs in transport unless he gets a longer mention period.

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