By our reporters
The embattled Member of Parliament for Ruhinda County in Mitooma district; Dononzio Kahonda Mugabe could not get his freedom despite being granted bail today by Jinja high Court Judge, Eva Luswata .
Kahonda was granted a non-cash bail of 100 million and his passport was retained by court, pending hearing of an appeal in which he challenges the 9 months sentence he was handed by Jinja chief magistrate Francis Kaggwa after convicting him of forgery and uttering false documents last month.
However, he still has two fresh counts of forgery and uttering false documents against him in Luweero Chief Magistrate’s court.
On June 7, Kaggwa convicted and sentenced MP Kahonda to 9 months in prison on eleven charges of impersonation, forgery and uttering false documents and was accordingly sent to Kirinya prison in Jinja to serve his sentence.
Mr Kahonda was on Friday picked from Kirinya Prison and produced before the Luweero Chief Magistrate Charles Sserubuga and charged with two fresh counts of forgery and uttering false documents.
Prosecution alleges that Kahonda forged an Ordinary level (O-level) and Advanced Level (A-level) Certificate of Education which were presented to Ndejje University for admission.
But Mr Caleb Mwesigwa, one of Kahonda’s lawyers says such charges against his client are another fishing expedition to ensure that Kahonda is swept of the political scene and kept in detention.
The lawyer questioned the urgency that caused his client’s presentation before court in Luweero even when he was receiving medication for pneumonia and malaria. He however, claims that the rush was in anticipation that the Jinja High Court could grant him bail.