KAMPALA – The hearing of the bail application of the former leader of the Tabliq Muslims, Sheikh Yahaya Ramathan Mwanje flopped on Monday before the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court.
Sheikh Mwanje is seeking bail pending his trial in connection with accusations of murdering Maj. Mohammad Kiggundu and his bodyguard, three years ago.
Through his lawyer Friday Robert’s Kagolo, Sheikh Mwanjje had applied for bail on grounds that he has spent a long time on remand with his case neither fixed for trial, nor prosecution disclosing any evidence it intends to adduce against him.
However, despite a prior warning from Justice Duncan Gaswaga to have Sheikh Mwanje’s case expeditiously fixed for trial, prosecution has remained adamant and for five months since he filed his bail application, no response has been filed.
Sheikh Mwanje who is jointly charged with three others were committed to High Court in May 2017 for trial following submissions by the State indicating that investigations into the case were complete.
Other suspects are Sheikh Muhammad Buyondo alias Matiya and Abdul Wahab Sendegeya both boda-boda riders in Kyengera and Musa Sekandi alias Masanafu.
The DPP states that the suspects and others still at large killed Maj Kiggundu and his bodyguard Sgt Steven Mukasa by shooting at around 6:30 am on November 26, 2016, when they were heading to Pearl FM Radio in Kampala to participate in a talk show.
Mwanje has now been sent back on remand at Luzira prison until February 26, 2019, when his bail application will again come up for hearing.