Luweero court releases MP Kahonda on bail

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MP Kahonda has been released on bail

Luweero Chief Magistrates Court has granted Ruhinda County MP, Dononzio Kahonda, a Shs500,000 non cash bail.

Towards the close of July, Kahonda, a political opponent of Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire, was picked from a hospital bed in Kirinya Prison Jinja and driven to Luweero Chief Magistrates court.

Kahonda has already been serving a sentence for forgery handed to him by Jinja Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa in June.

Luweero chief magistrate, Charles Sserubugga, charged him with forgery and uttering false documents before being returned to Kirinya custody.

Last week, Jinja High Court Judge, Eva Luswata, granted Kahonda a Shs100m non-cash bail.

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The legislator was asked to leave behind his passport. He was ordered to appear before court on the 30th of every month.

However, the legislator was quickly re-arrested and returned to prison until August 1.

On Tuesday, 01 August 2017, Kahonda was produced before the Luweero chief magistrate Sserubugga who released the legislator on bail.

The three people who stood surety for him were each bonded Shs5,000,000 not cash.

Luweero State Prosecutor, Beatrice Alok, had earlier objected to the bail application filed on grounds that it would give him room to interfere with police investigation.

 

His lawyer, Caleb Mwesigwa, says Kahonda is being witch-hunted by those who want him off the political scene.

Speaking after his release, Kahonda accused Otafiire of having a hand in his continued incarceration.

“I do not want to fight individual wars because this is what the Justice Minister is trying to do. The people of Mitooma are focused on development,” Kahonda is quoted as saying.

“It is good that my lawyer has applied to Court to have all the particulars of the case revealed to us when we return to Court in September,” he added.

State alleges that Kahonda uttered a Uganda Certificate of Education document to UNEB in which he claimed to be Dickson Mutabazi, yet he is not.

Kahonda was also accused of forging a medical report at the UPDF’s Junior Command and Staff College in Jinja in the same name.

In 2016, while still in prison, Kahonda garnered 21,467 votes against minister Otafiire’s 12,949 votes to win the Ruhinda county parliamentary seat.

 

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