Nakasongola FDC Officials Finally Charged

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In short
Prosecution told court that on 17th October 2012 while in Migyera town council, the suspects convened an unlawful assembly in Lule Video hall with intentions to riot in breach of section of Section 58(A) of penal code act.

Six FDC officials who were arrested in Nakasongola district last week, have finally been charged with holding unlawful assembly. The officials appeared on Monday evening before Marion Mangene, the Nakasongola grade one magistrate where the charges were read for them. The suspects are Tadeo Yiga, an aspirant for the Migyera town council LC 3 chairperson’s seat, Esther Nantege, Charles Muwonge, Vincent Ssebayiga, George Mayanja and John Ssebale.

Prosecution told court that on 17th October 2012 while in Migyera town council, the suspects convened an unlawful assembly in Lule Video hall with intentions to riot in breach of section of Section 58(A) of penal code act. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted a cash bond of 200,000 shillings each. Marion Mangene, the Nakasongola grade one magistrate ordered each of their sureties to execute a non cash bond of 200,000 shillings.

However, the suspects were remanded to Nakasongola prison after they failed to pay the money because Paul Katumba, the Nakasongola court cashier was not in office by the time, they were granted bail. Mangene ordered the suspects to appear in court on November 01 for the mention of their case.

The FDC officials were picked up by operatives from the Violent Crime Intelligence Operations Unit, where they were allegedly holding a meeting to evaluate the campaigns of Major Mugisha Muntu, the FDC presidential candidate. By Tuesday afternoon, the suspects were still in prison as FDC officials were still processing their bail papers.

Dan Ssegujja, the Migyera town council FDC chairperson described the charges as fake saying that they are aimed at discouraging the FDC supporters from pushing for a change in governance.
 
 



 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.