Twelve of the suspects arrested as a result of the chaos that preceded the elections in Arua Municipality have been granted bail.
Justice Stephen Mubiru, of the High Court in Gulu, approved the bail application Monday 27th morning, following an application and submissions by a team of lawyers led by Abdul Katuntu, Caleb Alaka, Medard Seggona and others.
Those who are already approved include Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, Jinja Municipality MP Paul Mwiru, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, Arua Municipality MP elect Kassiano Wadri and Former Makindye East MP Micheal Mabikke, among others.
The suspects have been in detention for more than two weeks following their arrest. They were charged with Treason and remanded to Gulu Central Prison, for allegedly throwing stones which smashed the rear windscreen of a vehicle in the Presidential Motorcade.
They were released on a non cash bond of 5 million Shillings, for each of the suspects and 10 million Shillings for each of the sureties. The sureties included politicians and relatives of the accused persons. They included; Mugisha Muntu, Eddie Yawe, Winnie Kiiza, Betty Aol Ochan, Barnabas Tinkasimire, Sulaiman Kidandala and Charles Serunjogi Musoke, among others.
However, Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri has been denied access to Arua District for a minimum of three months on the ground that his presence would interfere with ongoing investigations. This was in line with a request made by the state as a condition for the bail application.
Earlier lawyer Medard Seggona Lubega had rejected the condition on the ground that as an MP, Wadri is mandated to represent the people of Arua Municipality and report to his constituency on a monthly basis as per the rules of Parliament. But Justice Mubiru granted the request by the state on the ground that the case was transferred to e Gulu court because of the chaotic situation and the environment is still tense.
The state had also requested that the suspects deposit their passports with the court as a guarantee that they will not run out of the country. But Justice Mubiru said the condition was inconsiderate given the distance and inconvenience the legislators would have to endure every time they might need to travel on assignments out of the country.