Ex-PSU commandant Aguma out on bail

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Joel Aguma

The General Court Martial sitting in Makindye has Monday released former Commandant of the Professional Standards Unit [PSU], Joel Aguma, on bail.

Aguma was released with Detective Assistant Superintendent of Police, James Magadda and Detective Corporal, Amon Kwarisima on Shs10m non-cash bond while their sureties were bonded Shs20m non-cash.

Aguma had presented Felix Okoth, the Dokolo South MP, Joy Atim Ongom, Lira Woman MP and James Akena, Lira Municipality MP. 

The court martial chairman, Lt. General Andrew Gutti, ordered them not to leave Kampala and Wakiso districts without court permission, as part of their bail conditions.

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They are also to report twice every month to the court martial Registrar.

James Magadda on the other hand presented his daughter, Rachael Magadda and Jinja based businessman, Isma Tenywa.

Detective Corporal Kwarisima presented his friends Jackie Ninsiima and Issa Chemonges.

They were charged alongside five others in 2017 for alleged repatriation of Rwandan nationals and illegal possession of military weapons.

Prosecution alleges that the suspects kidnapped and illegally repatriated Jackson Kalemera and Lt Joel Mutabazi, the former Body guard of Rwandan President, Paul Kagame. 

Others in the case include; former Commandant of Special Operations Unit Nixon Agasirwe, Faisal Katende and Sgt Abel Tumukunde, both from the Flying Squad unit and Rwandan National, Rene Rutagungira, whose charges were dropped recently and Bahati Mugenga, a Congolese national.

In September 2019, Internal Affairs Minister Gen (rtd) Jeje Odongo said the government could not release Aguma before careful determination of his charges.

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