By Resty Nassazi
Entebbe grade one magistrate Phiona Birungi remanded 30 male Ugandans to Kitalya prison for disobeying lawful orders contrary section 117 of the Penal code Act. Three Juveniles were also charged with the same offence before being granted bail. Prosecution led by Joan Keko, informed court that the 33 accused were arrested on different intervals between April 11 to 14, in areas of Entebbe municipality and Katabi town council in Wakiso district.
Most of the accused pleaded guilty to the offence saying, they were caught on the way back home after their casual work, and without any means of transport. The State prosecutor asked court to adjourn the matter to a later date when sentence shall be passed. “Your Worship, there are so many case-files and we seem not to have enough time to go through all the process of reading brief facts for those who have confessed and also hear those who have pleaded not guilty,” argued Keko, prompting the magistrate to adjourn the matter to May 11,2020.
Some of the accused include, Stephen Kyaligonza, Timothy Maseruka, Emmanuel Tashobya, Anthony Ndibihyo, Ashraf Seruwo and Dauson Taremwa all of whom a residents of Banga-Nakiwogo in Entebbe municipality. Others are, Julius Sekyanzi, Edward Nsubuga, Grace Nuwagaba, Monday Onen and Wyclif Nuwahereza who are residents of Bwerenga-Kawuku in Katabi town council. On the list were also, John Tugumikirize, Deo Lugambwa, Stephen Nsubuga, David Mujuni, Vincent Tukwasibwe, Emmanuel Busulwa, Owanyi Kizito, John Kisitu, Moses Muwonge among several others.
On several intervals, President Museveni issued directives in a bid to prevent the spread the Coronavirus disease, among which include, a lock-down on all public places and grounding public transport. The president also announced a Curfew which took effect on March 31, where, save for medical emergency issues, no person within Uganda, was allowed to move out of their homes after 7pm.
According to Section 117 of the Penal Code Act, Any person who disobeys any order, warrant or command duly made, issued or given by any court, officer or person acting in any public capacity and duly authorised in that behalf, commits a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for two years.