MILITARY COURT SETS TOUGH CONDITIONS FOR OPERATION WEALTH CREATION COORDINATOR ARRESTED BY CMI
By Mulengera Reporter
The General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti has restricted Isingiro District Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) Coordinator Maj (Rtd) Stephen Rwakanuma’s movements as one of the conditions for his bail.
The Gutti Court Martial granted Rwakanuma a Shs10m non-cash bail and bonded his sureties – Kaweweta Training School Political Commissar Maj Nathan Musiime, Maj Moses Muyomba and businessman Ezra Rugonde – at Shs20m non-cash each, over two months after his arrest and detention by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) over unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. The army court made it clear to Rwakanuma that his bail would be cancelled if he travelled beyond Kampala and Wakiso Districts without its permission to do so.
He was also ordered to deposit his passport and National Identification Card with the court, and further directed to present himself before the same court on every first Wednesday of each month until terms of his bail have been revised.
Prosecution, led by Capt Ambrose Baguma, raised no objection to Rwakanuma’s bail application (they had no written submission on the retired army officer’s application, prompting Lt Gen Gutti to warn them against opting for oral submissions instead of written ones which can easily be referred to).
Last week, through his lawyer David Mushabe, Rwakanuma applied for bail, arguing that the charges instituted against him were bailable, that he was of advanced age, that he had a home (fixed place of abode) in Rwebicuncu, Nyabugando, Nshenyi in Isingiro District; and that he had substantial sureties who would ensure that he returns to court when required to do so.
According to prosecution, Rwakanuma, while at Rwebicuncu, Nyabugando, Nshenyi in Isingiro District, was found in unlawful possession of a gun registration number 9857, 30 rounds of ammunition and a UPDF uniform which are monopoly of the UPDF.
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