Asuman Basalirwa, a lawyer representing Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and 34 others accused of treason has asked the state to present to court, President Musevenis car that was allegedly stoned during Arua Municipality by-election on August 13.
In his submission, Basalirwa on Monday, told Gulu Magistrates Court where the accused had appeared that prosecution should be given ample time to prepare all their evidence which includes the alleged stoned car, and present it to court when the trial starts.
This was after the state prosecutor, Julius Ochen told court presided over by Grade One magistrate, Yunus Ndiwalana that they needed more time to gather more evidence against the accused.
We seek your indulgence that the case be adjourned for three months because we are not sure whether the case will all be investigated. Three months are sufficient enough for state to carry investigation,” Basalirwa said.
He added that the accused persons travel from far to attend court which not only inconvenience them but also expensive if the matter is adjourned for short period of time.
Basalirwas pleas to have Bobi Wines guard Edward Sebuufu alias Eddie Mutwe and Musa Ssenyange, a machine operator, released on bail did not yield fruit.
The magistrate deferred the case to December 3 to enable the state prosecutors to wind up their investigations.
He also ordered the prison authorities to grant Eddie Mutwe and Ssenyanges lawyers access to their clients.
Other suspects include Jinja East MP, Paul Mwiru, Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga and a host of other political activists and supporters.
Karuhanga, Atiku Shaban, Gamba Tumusime and Abola Jane were not present in court but were represented by their sureties and lawyers.
The charges followed the alleged stoning of one of the vehicles used in President Musevenis convoy during Arua Municipality MP by-election in August.
Bobi Wines driver, Yasin Kawuma, was shot dead on the same day at Pacific Hotel car park in Arua.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website