High Court Rejects Kalungi's Bail Application

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Kalungi has been on remand in Luzira prison since January 7, 2013 when he was charged before Makindye court with manslaughter. Justice Lameck argued that investigations show that Kalungi was in the company of the late Nebanda, but fled to Kenya after she was pronounced dead.

High court has rejected the fresh bail application by Adam Kalungi, the prime suspect in the death of Cerinah Nebanda, the Butaleja district Woman MP. Judge Lameck Nsubuga Mukasa made the ruling on Monday saying there were high chances that Kalungi would flee the country once released on bail. 

Kalungi has been on remand in Luzira prison since January 7, 2013 when he was charged before Makindye court with manslaughter.  

Justice Lameck argued that investigations show that Kalungi was in the company of the late Nebanda, but fled to Kenya after she was pronounced dead. He said based on the above evidence coupled with the prosecutions’ suspicion that the suspect would jump bail and considering the advanced stage of the trial before Makindye Magistrates court, he decided to dismiss the application. He ordered that Kalungi’s file be sent back to the trial court for the case to continue. 

Earlier on, prosecutionled by Barbra Masembe, the principal state attorney, asked court not to entertain the bail application saying Kalungi didn’t have a permanent place of abode. Masembe based her arguments on the affidavits of two senior police officers including Geoffrey Musana who investigated this matter and had Kalungi deported back to Uganda from Kenya.
 
She said there was no trace of Kalungi passing through the Uganda/Kenya border and yet he managed to beat security and cross to Kenya, a move she said he could successfully do again once granted bail. 

Kalungi is jointly charged with Noor Abubakar, Khan Babu, Abdul Abid Rashid Butt, Fatuma Babu, and Ali Omar Almuzahim.

The suspects also face two counts of being in unlawful possession of narcotic drugs contrary to the National Drug Policy and Authority Act.  Renato Kania, the lawyer of the accused had in his submission argued that since Kalungi’s co-accused were released on bail by Makindye Court; his client too should be released. The Makindye magistrate’s court also rejected Kalungi’s bail application on similar grounds.