By Sakur AbdulSalam
Three men accused of belonging to Allied Democratic Forcers (ADF), a rebel group have been further remanded despite being granted bail.
Ahmad Shaban Ssenfuka, Umar Maganda, and Abdallah Kala were each granted cash bail of Shs2m by Nakawa grade one magistrate Noah Ssajjabi but they were further remanded after they failed to raise the money.
“I have looked at the documents presented in court by sureties and I find them substantial.
However, considering the seriousness of the offence which affects the wellbeing of every Ugandan, I grant a cash bail of Shs2m to each of the accused while their sureties are bonded at Shs500m not cash,” Ssajjabi ruled.
Their relatives were seen stranded and making various calls to their people soliciting the money but in vain.
On November 28, the trio with two others was charged afresh over their alleged ties with ADF after being granted bail over Kaweesi murder by the same court pending investigations.
However, Ssajjabi declined to grant bail to their co-accused Sinani Hibwangi and Ali Mugoya for failure to produce in court sureties to bail them.
The group is part of the 14 people who are still under probe over the murder of Kaweesi.
Others are Sheikh Musa Ntende, Hassan Tumusiime, Ibrahim Kissa, Hamid Magambo, Abdul-Majid Ojerere, Sauda Ayub, Osman Muhammed Omar, Asuman Mugoya, Ibrahim Ssemwanga alias superman and Swaleh Ddamulira.
Earlier, state attorney Racheal Nabwire had asked court not to grant the accused bail on grounds that their release could escalate the current insecurity at the Uganda-Congo boarder caused by ADF in which the accused purportedly belong.
Prosecution alleges that the group confessed belonging to ADF between 2006 and April 2017.
The case has been adjourned to January 23 for mention.