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Mukono Magistrate dismisses curfew breach charges against 56 suspects

Grade I Magistrate Patience Koburunga exonerated all suspects presented in court for breach of curfew guidelines.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Mukono Grade I Magistrate Patience Koburunga has dismissed curfew breach charges against 56 suspects who were arraigned before the court on Thursday.

According to State Attorney Irene Namboozo, the suspects were among the hundreds of residents arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday night from bars, hideouts, and health clubs. Several others were arrested for defying curfew guidelines which were put in place to control the spread of coronavirus disease.

Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Oweyesigyire said that the police had arrested 106 people for flouting curfew guidelines. But the State Attorney on Thursday failed to explain why only a few of the arrested persons had been presented before the court, prompting the magistrate to exonerate all of them.

Charles Lukwago, one of the released suspects says those who were taken to court had failed to pay the requested amount of 50,000 Shillings to police officers.

Sula Ssenfuka, another resident says that five of his colleagues at the garage were arrested for moving past curfew hours and his efforts to secure for them a police bond had failed.

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