Arua Treason Case Adjourned A Third Time
The mention of the Arua treason case against four members of parliament and 31 others has been adjourned for the third time over incomplete investigations.
The four opposition Members of Parliament are Robert Kyagulanyi - Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Jinja Municipality MP Paul Mwiru, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri and former Makindye East MP Michael Mabikke
They were arrested on allegations of throwing stones which smashed the rear windscreen of presidential vehicle during election fracas which marred the last day of Arua Municipality Parliamentary by-election campaign in August 2018.
The MPs and 31 others appeared on Thursday before Gulu Grade I magistrate Court presided by Isaac Kintu Nimran for mention of the case.
Julius Ocen, a state attorney asked court to adjourn the case saying the Police was yet to complete investigations into the matter. He was however silent on the progress of the investigations.
Tony Kitara, a lawyer representing the suspects said delay in completing the investigations is turning the matter into persecution instead of prosecution. He said that the state should be put on notice that the suspects have commenced plans to apply for dismissal of the case.
Nimran accepted the adjournment to March 14th. He also issued a criminal summon for the officers in- charge of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department in Gulu and Arua to appear in court and explain the status of exhibits in the matter.
MP Gerald Karuhanga, the Ntungamo Municipality Member of Parliament says that the rampant adjournments signify political persecution