Tuesday, 18 September 2012
KASESE COUNCILORS’ TRIAL ADJURNED TO OCTOBER 22.
The expected trial of the two Kasese district councilors did not kick off after the trail magistrate was away on other duties.
Elly Magwara of Kyabarungira and Abdu Saad of Maliba sub-county were supposed to appear before Chief Magistrate Joshua Maruku to stand trial on charges of inciting violence.
The two councilors have been out on bail since August 15th where they had been remanded after being arrested on allegations that they incited violence while addressing a meeting at Kitswamba sub-county headquarters on July 5.
Prosecution alleges that the two councilors asked the Bakonzo to buy spears and attack the Basongora and also kill one Kikusa Mustafa for his role in the agitation for the split of Kasese district.
This followed a July 1st ceremony by the Basongora crowning their King Ivan Bwebale an event which the two councilors blamed on the office of the Resident District Commissioner for failing to stop them.
Kikusa a former district councilor for Kyabarungira sub-county reported the matter to the office of the Resident District Commissioner and then to police leading to the arrest of the duo at the end of July.
Appearing before the Grade One Magistrate Parick Bamuhiga, their trial was adjourned to October 22 when the trail magistrate will be around.
Also, the state was not represented in the chambers today. The suspects deny the charges.
Their lawyer Geoffrey Sibendire said he hopes court will dismiss the case soon as the state has not brought witnesses every time his clients report to court.