Medie Lutaya, the FDC youth brigade leader in Masaka district is out on bail. Lutaya was released on Monday by Hood Matovu, the Masaka Grade One Magistrate.
The suspect was picked up from Elgin Street in Masaka municipality by operatives from the Special Investigations Unit after he was found distributing papers with a message, which Police claims incites violence. On Monday, Lutaya appeared before Hood Matovu, the Masaka Grade One Magistrate, where the charges of inciting violence were read for him.
Led by Ann Kiiza, prosecution told court that on June 21st while on Elgin Street in Masaka town, Lutaaya was found distributing papers inciting people to riot, protesting against the brutal arrest of Dr. Kiiza Besigye, the Former FDC Leader and KCCA lord mayor Erias Lukwago.
According to Kiiza, one the messages read “Wakanya okukwatibwa kwa Dr. Besigye ne Lord Mayor Togulawo dduuka lyo, Enkya muliro muliro. She said the message, which can loosely be translated as “protest the arrest of Dr Besigye and Lord Mayor, don’t open your shops tomorrow…….” could disrupt peace and business in town.
He asked court not to grant the suspect bail saying his activities would create disorder and violence. Lutaaya pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail arguing that it is his constitutional right.
Hood Matovu, the Grade One Magistrate agreed to release Lutaya on bond of 1.5 million shillings not in cash. He presented Dick Lukyamuzi Ssenyondo, the personal assistant of Bukoto East Member of Parliament Florence Namayanja and Joseph Ssenzoga, the FDC secretary Masaka District as his sureties.
They each executed a non cash bond of 1.5 million shillings. Matovu ordered Lutaya return to court on 24th July 2013 to start his trial.