THIS WEEK: Ruhinda residents camp at court as Kahonda appears
Ruhinda county Member of Parliament Rtd Captian Donozio Kahonda has for almost a year been in and out of court on charges ranging from impersonation, uttering forged documents to fraudulently obtaining recruitment at the Military Academy. On July 27 his story got a new twist when his constituents camped at court singing songs and
making statements calling for his release.
However while Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata granted him bail pending hearing of his appeal challenging a 9-month imprisonment, the legislator was detained on similar charges and yet he had pending charges before Luweero Chief Magistrate Charles Sserubuga in which he is charged with uttering forged documents, to obtain admission at Ndejje University for a Bachelors degree in Guidance and counseling. Justice Luswata had set Aug 28 to hear his case and released him on a court bond of Sh100 million while his three sureties also signed bond of sh300 million to ensure that Kahonda returns to court for the prosecution of his appeal.
If the High Court does not overturn the legislator’s conviction, he stands to lose his seat in parliament because the law states that once a sitting MP is convicted of a criminal offense and sentenced to a six months imprisonment term, his seat automatically falls vacant. For him, all these cases against him are political saying he is being witch hunted for trouncing a big wig – constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire in the 2016 race.