The Entebbe Chief Magistrates court presided over by her worship Juliet Nakitende has granted bail to Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) acting director for human resource and administration Ms Effrance Musimenta Mbagaya for allegedly defacing President and NRM candidate Museveni’s campaign posters, which had been pinned on the corporation’s building and offices in Entebbe.
Before granting Mbagaya bail who was absent in court on Monday, defence lawyer Mr Mathew Ngugu asked court to grant the accused bail since the offence was bailable by the courts of law.
“The accused work’s within the jurisdiction of the court, she is a single mother of minor’s for whom she’s the sole bread winner. The accused understands the obligation to appear before court whenever required by the court process” he said.
The accused presented two sureties Mr Boaz Bagaya, her elder brother and Ms Maureen Agaba Kasande a workmate and principal legal officer at UCAA in the bail application.
State prosecution led by Jean Nareeba initially rejected the first surety Mr Bagaya since he is a resident of Indian quarters Mbale Municipality which doesn’t fall in the jurisdiction of Entebbe magistrate’s court where the case is being heard.
Ms Nareeba noted that it is easier for the prosecution to track a surety who resides within the court’s jurisdiction which was not the case for the first surety Mr Bagaya.
However her worship Nakitende found both sureties’ substantial, granting bail to Ms Mbagaya shs 500,000 cash and the two sureties’ shs 2 million each non cash until 16 December for mention of the case.
Ms Mbagaya who was allegedly arrested last week by security operatives from the Special Forces Command (SFC) at the Aviation Police (AVPOL) where she had been summoned by the commander, Mr Boaz Katuzeyo, on Wednesday to record a statement over the incident whereabouts remained unknown with no mention during the court session.
Ms Mbagaya’s run in with the law started when she reportedly ordered for the removal of president Museveni’s campaign posters that had been pinned at the UCAA headquarters a fortnight ago by NRM supporters within UCAA under their group called Entebbe NRM Association. It’s reported that Ms Mbagaya reached the decision following complaints that emerged from some staff and the general public complaints that the CAA building was being turned into a campaign forum yet it is a public office.
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