By DailyNewsUG Political Correspondent
DailyNewsUG |Makindye, Kampala|
Former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura, has been granted bail by the General Court Martial that will sitting in Makindye, Kampala.
The chairman of the court, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, however, restricted him not travel beyond Kampala and Wakiso districts.
Lt Gen Gutti said the court was convinced, as argued by Gen Kayihura’s lawyers, that he is a serving soldier, of advanced age, he presented substantial sureties, and required urgent medical attention.
He’s required to report to the court every Monday of every month. He is not supposed to travel abroad without the permission of court and the army leadership, since he is a serving soldier.
Relatives, supporters and sympathisers are celebrating outside court.
Gen Kayihura is charged with aiding and abetting the kidnapping by commission, repatriating Rwandan exile and refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda between 2012 and 2016.
He was also accused of failing to protect war material by issuing arms to unauthorised persons including Boda Boda 2010 members led by jailed Abdallah Kitatta between 2010 and 2018.
Gen Gutti said the court concurred with lawyers that Kayihura has never been convicted; he is of advanced age, has a health problem and has presented substantial sureties.
Maj Gen Samuel Kavuma (deputy commander Land Forces), Maj Gen James Mugira, Entebbe municipality MP Rosemary Tumusiime (relative) stood surety for him.
Gen. Kale Kayihura has been granted bail on the following conditions, he is restricted to stay within the district of Kampala and Wakiso except with permission from court – Gen Andrew Gutti, Chairman of the Gen. Court Martial of the UPDF. Watch VIDEO to find out more… #NTVNews
“This court finds that this is a case where bail should not be denied to the applicant,” Gen Gutti ruled, sparking off wild cheers and ululations in the court room.
He then restricted Kayihura to stay in the districts of Kampala and Wakiso, saying he is not allowed to leave without the court’s permission.
Kayihura will also report to court once every first Monday of the month.
He is not to travel outside the country without court clearance.
Gen Gutti set bail at Shs10m non-cash. Each of the sureties were asked to pay Shs5m non-cash.
Kayihura will report to court whenever required. If he breaches any of the conditions, the bail will be cancelled.
Gen Gutti adjourned the main case to September 4, 2018 for mention.
Section 122 (1) of the UPDF Act, reads that a person subject to the military law who fails to protect war materials, misuses or sells them, commits an offense and on conviction, is liable to suffer death.