Sheikh Yahya Mwanje bailed

Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje, the prime suspect in the murder of a UPDF Officer Major Muhammad Kiggundu has been granted bail.

Mwanje, the former acting Amir of Jamuiyyat Da’awat As- Salafiyya was granted temporal relief by Justice Duncan Gaswaaga of the International Crimes Division of High Court after spending close to three years on remand.

He was arrested on November 26, 2016, following the murder of Major Kiggundu together with his bodyguard Sgt. Steven Mukasa. The two were killed in cold blood at Masanafu trading Centre, on the outskirts of Kampala.

According to the indictment signed by the Principal State Attorney, John Baptist Asiimwe, Mwanje was seen along the Northern by-pass shortly before the deceased was murdered, yet prior to the attack, he has released recordings containing hate speech sentiments directed at Kiggundu.

He is battling charges of murder alongside Musa Ssekandi, Yusuf Nyanzi, Muhammad Buyondo and Abdul Wahaab Ssendegeya.

However, their trial has remained pending over the years. His legal team, comprising Friday Roberts Kagoro and   Mayanja Twaha asked the court to grant him his constitutional right to bail.

The judge concurred with the requests and granted him a non-cash bail of 20 million Shillings. His four sureties Habib Ramathan Marjan, Abubaker Serunkuma, Abdullah Mutazindwa and Abdul Rahman Kikubila were granted a non-cash bond of 10 million Shillings each.

However, Justice Gaswaaga cautioned Mwanje against applying hate speech in his Islamic preaching, noting that it will lead to cancellation of his bail.