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NUP coordinator Nakayinda collapses during trial in Masaka



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Some of the NUP supporters arrive at court in Masaka

Some of the NUP supporters arrive at court in Masaka

Charity Nakayinda, one of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party supporters today collapsed during a trial in Masaka Chief Magistrate’s court this afternoon.   

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Nakayinda is among the 126 NUP supporters and campaign coordinators who were arrested during NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi’s campaigns in Kalangala district last week. Nakayinda was appearing before Masaka chief magistrate Charles Yeitesi, to answer to charges of inciting violence and participating in activities likely to spread an infectious disease.  

The charges stem from crowds that gathered in Kalangala last week on Wednesday to meet Kyagulanyi, during his campaigns in the islands. Kyagulanyi and his close associates Ali Bukenya alias Nubian Li, Daniel Kalimaki aka Dan Magic and Edward Ssebuwufu alias Eddie Mutwe were arrested before Kyagulanyi got airlifted from the islands to Kololo airstrip in Kampala and eventually to his home in Magere, Wakiso district.

Nakayinda, who was standing alongside the other accused persons, lost consciousness and collapsed while in the dock. She was later carried out by police and NUP supporters. Her ankles and feet appeared to be swollen. Magellan Kazibwe, one of the lawyers representing the suspects says that many of the suspects were possibly tortured while in detention.

Kazibwe said that they will interest court in the health condition of the suspects after arguing a case for their bail application. Ahead of their court appearance, armed personnel surrounded the court premises and even when court later granted bail to 25 of the 95 suspects who appeared at Masaka court had sureties but are yet to be released. 

The NUP supporters arrived at Masaka High court aboard a Uganda Prisons Services truck that picked them from Masaka Central police station. Some of the suspects appeared in bad shape and they could be seen limping while some had hallmarks of torture.

They chanted People Power and pro-Kyagulanyi slogans as they made their way to the court waiting cells. Magellan Kazibwe, one of the NUP lawyers told URN that they were ready to defend them before the court.    

“At least we are now hopeful that we can engage them to narrate to us what happened because since their arrest, police have denied them access to any visitors including lawyers and doctors,” he noted.  

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