Arua fracas: Gulu court issues criminal summons against MPs Karuhanga, Mwiru

Gulu Grade One Magistrate Isaac Imran Kintu has issued criminal summons to Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Kyaruhanga and his Jinja Municipality East counterpart Paul Mwiru for skipping their court appearance.

The MPs are part of the 33 suspects who were arrested alongside Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) following violence that broke out in Arua town on the last day of the campaigns in the Arua Municipality by-election.

The group is facing treason charges after it allegedly stoned President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade. Museveni was in the West Nile town to campaign for the NRM candidate Nusura Tiperu while Bobi Wine and group had gone to campaign for their co-accused and eventual winner Kassiano Wadri.

Defence lawyer Henry Kilama told court that Mwiru and Karuhanga are out of the country attending the ongoing East African inter-Parliamentary games in the Burundian capital Bujumbura.

The magistrate however rejected Kilama’s plea and issued criminal summons against the MPs while he adjourned the case to January 9, 2019 when the suspects will appear again for mention of their case.

Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom, Kyagulanyi expressed concern that the magistrate had rejected their lawyer’s request for a long adjournment but nonetheless, he said, they will be ready to appear before court.