Suspects arrested during the fracas that preceded last year’s Arua municipality by-election are pleading for the return of personal possessions seized during their arrest.
Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is demanding for his wedding ring, two vehicles, a Toyota Tundra registration number UAW 207 A and A Land Cruiser UAT-416 A, USD 600 (2.2 million Shillings), local currency amounting to 3.5 million Shillings, and one mobile phone, an iPhone-8 series.
Kassiano Wadri, the Arua Municipality Member of Parliament has also submitted a request for his pistol with 13 rounds of ammunition, cash amounting to 85 million shillings and a black pair of shoes among others, while Makindye East Member of Parliament Michael Mabikke is demanding One million Shillings and a Samsung Note-4 mobile phone.
The other items that are sought include a handbag containing 380,000 shillings, two ladies pants, death certificates, a smart phone, National and Residential Identity Cards and several other documents belonging to Arua LCV Councilor Night Asare, a Parliamentary IPad allocated to Jinja Municipality MP Paul Mwiru, a yellow grader registration number UAP 046 R belonging to Francis Ssebuliba, and a Toyota KRUGER registration number UAU 918 N belonging to Gamba Tumusiime.
The legislators told the magistrates court in Gulu yesterday that the properties were seized by Police in the aftermath of the chaos that dominated the last day of campaigns in Arua municipality. They were part of a group that allegedly commanded a team of youths that obstructed the president’s motorcade and pelted stones that smashed the windscreen of one of the vehicles in the convoy.
Tony Kitara, a lawyer representing the accused persons told the court that keeping personal effects with Police cripples the businesses and official duties of the suspects. He asked the court to order Police to return the properties to their owners.
State Attorney Julius Ochen says the properties have already been classified into two categories as exhibits and personal effects. He said those categorized as personal effects can be returned to the owners in possession of Police acknowledgement.
Gulu Grade I magistrate Isaac Kintu ruled that Gulu and Arua Police Officers in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations be summoned to appear in court on March 14 to explain the status of the impounded properties.