Tuesday, 4 June 2013
CONGOLESE NATIONAL JAILED IN KASESE OVER ILLEGAL ENTRY TO UGANDA
The Kasese Grade One Magistrate’s court has today jailed a Congolese national for six months after convicting him guilty of illegal entry into Uganda.
Malikani Bwambale who hails from Kyabinyonge near Beni town pleaded guilty before Grade One Magistrate George Mfitundinda when he was jointly charged with three Ugandans on other criminal charges.
Bwambale together with Ugandans Hussein Kombi Kasyakulhu, Pedson Saturday and Ms Harriet Muhindo of Musyenene village in Nyakiyumbu sub-county were jointly charged with two counts of being found in possession of an illegal gun and keeping ammunitions without permission.
They all denied the charges except Malikani Bwambale who was answerable to the third count on the charge sheet which is illegal entry.
The state lawyer Mike Mwanje told court that in March this year, Bwambale was arrested together with the three Ugandans at the Mpondwe borderline in Kasese over illegal use of a gun and was discovered to be a Congolese national staying in Uganda illegally.
Mwanje asked court to give Bwambale a deterrent sentence because there is an influx of Congolese into the country alleging that some may be a security problem.
He also asked court to order for Bwambale’s deportation after serving the sentence. Bwambale asked court to deport him forthwith so that he can serve the sentence his country.
But the Mfitundinda objected his request sentencing him to six months imprisonment in Mubuku government prison and that after serving the sentence, he shall be deported.
The magistrate however ruled that if the sentenced is served when the other case is still standing, Bwambale will be further remanded until it is concluded.
He is the fifth Congolese national to be convicted by the Kasese magistrates’ court for illegal entry since the start of the year.
Bwambale, Kasyakulhu, Saturday and Harriet who all denied charges of being possession of an illegal fire arm and ammunitions were remanded to Mubuku prison until June 18th when their case will come for mention. END