The MP, popularly known as Mr. Update was on Tuesday this week granted cash bail of 40 Millions together with his co accused, Hon. Allan Ssewanyana by the Masaka High Court.
The embattled legislators, who are accused of being the brains behind the Masaka murders presented three sureties each including MPs Semujju Nganda, Veronica Nanyondo, Francis Kataabazi (Ssewanyana’s).
Mr. Update presented MPs Francis Zaake, Christine Nandagire and his brother, Robert Walugembe.
Even after paying the required 40 Millions, the accused’s defence lawyers, Erias Kukwago and Shamim Malende explained that it will be near impossible to release Mr. Update since one of his sureties, Francis Zaake is out of the country on other duties and is unable to sign his release order papers.
“There are circumstances that are beyond our control, Hon Zaake who is his surety is supposed to be here but we are told he is out of the country, we tried to engage the judicial officers here, we had an interface with the Judge in charge of this station, Justice Wanjitusi but Court has declined with the order of the trial judge . we have sought the indulgence of the Court to substitute him but that would require to file a fresh bail application.” he said while addresing the media recently.
“We have opted to file an application not for bail but for variation for the court order to substitute Hon Zaake with another 2 sureties, who we called in at short notice and they have agreed to stand for him. Unfortunately, we have to go through certain formal processes like an affidavit to be signed by Hon Ssegirinya at Kigo and again filed before it is fixed for hearing,so you will have to sympathize with him because he will take longer in Cour.” he added