Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#Military police deploy as Justice Minister #Otafiire's political opponent shows up for bail hearing

Anti-riot Police took over security at Luweero Chief Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday locking out several supporters of Ruhinda County MP Donozio Kahonda who turned up for his bail application hearing.
Police sealed off the court premises allowing only a small number of Mr Kahonda’s supporters who had crowded at the gate demanding to enter and witness the proceedings in a case in which the MP is charged with alleged forgery of academic documents of a Bachelors Degree in Guidance and Counseling obtained at Ndejje University.
Luweero Chief Magistrate Charles Sserubuga adjourned the bail hearing to August 1.
Through his lead lawyer Mr Caleb Mwesigwa , Mr Kahonda had presented three sureties but the magistrate said he could not hear application in absence of the State Prosecutor Ms Beatrice Alok who was busy attending a High Court session.
“ The file was not sanctioned by the Resident State Attorney but the Office of the DPP at the Headquarters in Kampala. The State Prosecutor has pleaded for time to peruse through the file at a convenient time before proceeding. It is also prudent that we consider the fact that there is another bail application before High Court in Jinja which will be entertained on July 27.
I believe August 1 is a convenient date,” Mr Sserubuga ruled.
More than 200 Kahonda supporters crowded at the gate after the Anti-riot police sealed off the Court premises and only allowed a few to enter.
On June 7, the Jinja Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa convicted and sentenced MP Kahonda to 9 months in prison on charges of forgery.

New charges against jailed MP Kahonda politically motivated – lawyer

Mr Caleb Mwesigwa, one of the lawyers of jailed Ruhinda County MP Rtd Captain Donozio Kahonda has described fresh charges against his client as politically engineered.
Mr Kahonda, a political rival of Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire was on Friday picked from Kirinya Prison and produced before the Luweero Chief Magistrate Charles Sserubuga and charged with two fresh counts of forgery and uttering false documents.
Prosecution alleges that Kahonda forged an Ordinary level (O-level) and Advanced Level (A-level) Certificate of Education which were presented to Ndejje University for admission.
But Mr Mwesigwa says such charges against his client are another fishing expedition to ensure that Kahonda is swept of the political scene and kept in detention.
The lawyer questioned the urgency that caused his client’s immediate presentation before court in Luweero even when he was receiving medication for pneumonia and malaria. He however, claims that the rush was in anticipation that the Jinja High Court could grant him bail.
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Kahonda is supposed to be produced before the Luweero Chief Magistrate Court today (Tuesday) for yet another bail application hearing in relation to the new charges.
Kahonda, a retired Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) captain, was in a June 7 judgment found guilty of 11 counts of impersonation, forgery and uttering false documents by the Jinja Chief Magistrates Court and was immediately sent to Kirinya Prison.
The charges that informed the judgment against the legislator stemmed from allegations that he uttered a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) to Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) and pretended to be Mutabazi Levan Dickson whereas not.
Kahonda was also accused of having forged a medical report on UPDF entry form at the Military Academy in Jinja in the name of Mutabazi Levan Dickson and purported that the same document was genuine whereas not.
The embattled MP appeared before the Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata on Monday for a hearing of his bail application in this matter pending appeal of the judgment. The matter was deferred to Thursday.

Anti-riot police deploys as court defers MP Kahonda's bail

Tuesday July 25 2017 Advertisement By DAN WANDERA Anti-riot Police took over security at Luweero Chief Magistrate's Court on Tuesday locking out several supporters of Ruhinda County MP Donozio Kahonda who turned up for his bail application hearing.

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