Police release Kabuleta after 4 days in detention

Four days after his arrest and detention by the police, Joseph Kabuleta, a former New Vision Sports journalist and Pastor of Watchman Ministries is a free man.

Kabuleta who was arrested last Friday over accusations of making social media postings that annoy President Yoweri Museveni was released on police bond late on Tuesday evening.

This, according to Police spokesman Fred Enanga was intended to beat the 48-hour rule that prohibits the detention of suspects beyond 48 hours without trial.

“It is something that we agreed upon that when his file is not sanctioned within 48 hours. He becomes a beneficiary of police bond”, Enanga said.

Since Friday evening when he was picked from Cafe Drew and Jacs at Lugogo Forest Mall, Kabuleta has been in detention at the Kireka based Special Investigations Unit (SIU) on charges of offensive communication.

This followed a post on his social media platforms in which he referred to President Yoweri Museveni as a gambler, thief and liar.

The police’s efforts to prosecute Kabuleta collapsed after the Director of Public Prosecution, Justice Mike Chibita failed to sanction his file in time, which left police without any option but to release him on bond.

His lawyer, Daniel Walyemera said, the Police want to charge Kabuleta under Section 25 of the Computer misuse Act.

Walyemera also claimed that the police to release his client to beat the Habeas Corpus application, which is scheduled for hearing before Justice Musa Ssekana on Wednesday morning.

According to Walyemera, the most important issue to note is that Kabuleta’s Constitutional rights have been violated since he was denied access to his lawyers, next of kin and doctor.

Walyemera and his colleague  Aggrey Mpola had filed an application the Civil Division of High Court on Tuesday evening seeking orders compelling the Commandant of the Special Investigations Unit Kireka, Elly Womanya, Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola and the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga to produce their client in court.

Kabuleta has been asked to report to SIU on Friday.