Following today’s court proceedings, the presiding magistrate has remanded MP-elect Ssegirinya Muhammad back to the coolers and adjourn his hearing to the 15th of April following the parallel submissions from his duo lawyers.
The lawyers, Abdul Kiryowa and Shamim Malende intended to convince the magistrate of Buganda Road court to grant the Kawempe North legislator bail however, their contradictory presentations only earned the legislator more days behind the bars.
Ms. Gladys Kamasanyu, the Buganda Road grade one magistrate who was presiding over the case was left without an option but to adjourn the hearing of the bail application to next Thursday.
Where as Mr. Kiryowa claimed that they were only prepared to file a bail application, his collegue, Ms. Malende stated that the duo was ready to hear the evidence of the prosecution which would influence their cross examination of the witnesses in the next court session.
Due to this, the presiding magistrate was forced to come up with a conclusion that the defense lawyers were insufficiently prepared as she said, “The defense didn’t take any reasonable practical step by getting any disclosure. The lawyers have not shown readiness to proceed, one says they are ready, the other pulls it down.”
However, the defence team claims they were insufficiently prepared as they were not served as required by the law which drove them to anticipate a bail application rather than a court hearing and application for bail.
Mr. Malende alleged that “On several occasions we tried to access the prosecution for the service but all in vain,” to which state prosecutor, Ms Joan Keko quickly dismissed claiming the defense team never approached her.
On March 22nd, the accused was arrested for holding a peaceful demonstration in Kampala.