Residents of Tamu Division in Mityana Municipality are up in arms over a decision by Mityana Grade One Court to grant bail to a catholic priest accused of murdering a 50-year-old man.
Rev Fr Lawrence Muduse who is attached to Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese is accused of financing assailants who murdered Muhammad Kamada Kimbugwe on August 7, 2019, as he distributed receipts to his tenants who occupy one-square-mile piece of land which covers four villages of Minaana, Kabule, Galabi and Kamuvole, all located in Tamu Division, Mityana Municipality.
He had spent almost three weeks on remand at Luzira Prison together with his co-accused; John Kulumba Senior, John Kulumba Junior, Jane Nankabirwa Kulumba, Ibrahim Muyingo, Robert Ssenyange and Fred Kayongo.
These were however, denied bail and sent back to prison on Monday prompting the chairperson of Bibanja Holders Association to question why court would grant Muduse bail and let others languish in jail.
”We are all equal before the law. How come the priest was granted bail yet his co-accused, some of whom are older and physically weaker than him are still in jail?” Abraham Luwalira asked.
But Rose Atweki, a clerk attached to Mityana Grade One Court, Muduse was given bail because he is diabetic.
“Fr Muduse through his lawyers petitioned Mubende High Court which granted him bail. His co-accused can also do the same if they have genuine reasons,” Ms Atweki said.
The matter was adjourned to October 16.
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