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Court Martial releases 17 NUP supporters, sets tough restrictions

Some NUP Members have been released on bail by army court (PHOTO /Courtesy).

KAMPALA — The General Court Martial sitting in Makindye has Tuesday May 25 granted bail to 17 National Unity Platform supporters who were arrested in Kalangala in January.

The army however set tough conditions, including ordering them not to go beyond the districts of Wakiso and Kampala without Court Martial permission.

18 others have been again remanded to Kitalya until the 8th of June when they will return to court to establish if they can be released on bail.

To date, their trial has not even started.

National Unity Platform party leader, Bobi Wine welcomed his supporters who have secured temporary ‘freedom’ from the detention.

“We shall continue to demand for the release of hundreds others who are still detained at Kitalya and all other prisons across the country,” Mr. Wine wrote.

He added: “I am very grateful to our legal team and all comrades who are doing everything possible to see that all of them are eventually free.”

NUP Secretary General, Lewis Lubongoya sai: “On one hand, we are very glad to reunite with 17 of our comrades who have been incarcerated at Kitalya for close to 5 months. On the other hand, we are sad that the system has yet again chosen not to release 18 comrades, plus the many others who are still there”.

“What made my day is to see that those who are now partially free and those who are still detained all know that they are suffering not because they committed any offence, but because they believe that change is possible in Uganda”.

“May we continue doing everything within our power to see that we don’t only get freedom for our people, but for our country as well”.

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