Suspects who dropped coffin at Parliament freed

KAMPALA- Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court has granted bail to two youth accused of dropping a coffin at Parliament in a protest against the recent wave of kidnaps and murders.

The accused are; Ferdinard Luuta , 28, a boda boda rider and Rebecca Achom, 25, a language interpreter.
They are charged with one count of incitement to violence which case they deny.

Mr Robert Mukanza, who presided over the case granted the accused a non-cash bail is Shs1 million and each of their sureties was bonded at Shs1 million, not cash.

Prosecution led by Ms Patricia Chingtho stated that the duo and others still at large on June 4, at Parliament Avenue in Kampala, without lawful excuse, did acts calculated to lead to destruction or damage of property.
Court adjourned the matter to July 18 for mention of the case.

A group of youth on June 4, stormed Parliament with a coffin condemning the manner in which Members of Parliament are handling the current spate of murders and kidnaps of women and children in the country.

The group, in their statement said: “Following unjustifiable kidnaps and subsequent murders of innocent women and children, we ‘The Alternative’ members have considered tasking the government to account for all these murders.

We as a nation and a generation believe that the government has a lot to explain since it’s their mandate to protect us and our property. We considered matching to Parliament with a coffin as symbol of these kidnaps and murders but also to remind them that we are back into the state of blood which they claim they fought.”

Police records indicate that over 20 women and children have since been kidnapped and others murdered even after their families paid ransom to the suspected criminals.

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