One of the suspects charged with treason over the alleged stoning of President
Yoweri Museveni’s car during the Arua Municipality by-election chaos last year,
Thursday collapsed in at Gulu Magistrate’s court.
Ms Caroline Nalubowa, 28, had appeared with 31 of her co-accused including
Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament (MP) Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and
Arua Municipality MP, Mr Kassiano Wadri, before Grade One Magistrate, Mr Isaac
Others prominent suspects are Ntungamo Municipality MP, Mr Gerard Karuhanga,
Jinja East MP, Mr Paul Mwiru and former Makindye East MP, Mr Mike Mabikke.
The court session begun at 9:40 am with Mr Kintu reading out names of the
suspects who turned up in court for the mention of their case.
Ms Nalubowa fainted after standing in the dock for with other suspects for
nearly two hours.
She was whisked out of the courtroom by her co-accused who administered
first aid on her.
After recuperating, Ms Nalubowa, a businesswoman based in Arua Hill
Division, Arua Municipality, said her health has never stabilised since last
year, when she was tortured by security operatives who arrested her.
“I was beaten in the neck and the back. Since then, I haven’t been able to
get proper medication. After that incident, I find it difficult to stand for a
long period,” she said.
Earlier, the suspects’ defence lawyers led by Mr Henry Kilama, reminded
court that their prayers in the previous court sessions last year involving an
order meant to produce two police officers from Gulu District and Arua District
had not been respected.
According to Mr Kilama, Mr Yunus Ndiwalana who was handling the case before
his transfer had ordered that both the officers in charge of criminal
investigations from Gulu and Arua appear in court and explain why the suspects’
property is still in police custody.
He said that the police have in their possession four vehicles (a Toyota
Tundra, a Toyota Land Cruiser, a Toyota Klugger and a grader] as well as
several phones, an Ipad and cash worth millions of shillings, which were
confiscated on August 13, 2018 from the suspects.
Mr Kilama asked court to order an unconditional release of the property
arguing that some of the confiscated items are helpful in the suspects’ daily
But the State Prosecutor, Mr Julius Ochieng argued that some of the
confiscated items are crucial exhibits for investigators.
The case was adjourned to March 14, 2019.