The leader of National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert Kyagulanyi has said only God can save their supporters who are currently in prison because the regime just wants to see their people crying and suffering.
He made the remarks shortly after the military court refused to grant bail to a group of NUP supporters who were picked up in 2020 and early 2021. The 31 are charged with the offence of unlawful possession of ammunition.
According to the court, the offence they allegedly committed is serious and the sureties they presented are not substantial. The court also pointed out that the accused have no permanent places of residence within the jurisdiction of the Court.
Kyagulanyi has on many occasions said that many of their supporters are in prison over a year, some tortured to permanent deformity while others executed in cold blood.
“(These have been) in detention close to 2 years for supporting me and NUP their trial has not yet even started. Overcome by anger, the relatives gathered outside the court and wept. Yes, I know the regime wants to see our people crying, but there is a God in heaven, “he said.
At the turn of the clock, Kyagulanyi said the people of Uganda will rejoice, and there will be justice for the victims of all this injustice and impunity.
David Lewis Rubongoya, the secretary general of NUP, said;” Our 32 supporters and comrades have been denied bail. They have spent more than a year and a half in detention”
He noted that the military court claimed that the sureties, most of whom are family members, are not substantial.
“When the first application was made, our lawyers presented Members of Parliament and other senior leaders, but the same court advised that we bring family members. Now family members have also been rejected. Such a travesty of justice. Let us continue struggling and fighting. God willing, “he said.
He noted that it was heartbreaking to see so many mothers, sisters and other siblings weeping after the court session.
On Wednesday , the relatives of the accused persons received the ruling delivered by Chairman Brig. Gen. Freeman Robert Mugabe with mixed feelings.
The Court Chairman ordered Prosecution’s Lt. Col Raphael Mugisha to expedite the trial of the accused persons who have been sent back on remand at different prisons.
It is alleged that between November 2020 and 12th May 2021 in diverse areas of Jinja, Mbale, Kireka, Nakulabye, Kawempe, Nateete and Kampala Central, the accused persons were found in possession of thirteen pieces of explosive devices which are ammunition.
Ammunition is a monopoly of the Defense Forces and these groups of people have since denied the charges.