The Tabliq Amir Sheikh Yunus Kamoga applied to be released on bail before the Court of Appeal pending the hearing and final disposal of his appeal challenging the life time imprisonment term that was handed to him by the International Crimes Division Court.
Through his lawyers of Muwema and Company Advocates, Kamoga says he is of advanced of more than 60 years and has several ailments including Ulcers and High blood pressure making his health not suitable for prison conditions.
Kamoga and 5 other people were in July this year convicted of Terrorism and sentenced to life in prison and 30 years jail terms respectively.
All the accused have since challenged both their conviction and respective sentences in the court of Appeal describing them as harsh and excessive.
However, it’s not yet clear when sheikh Kamoga’s bail application will be fixed for hearing given the on-going state prosecutor’s strike.
Despite the clear position from government about the on-going state prosecutors’ strike, prosecutors are still pushing on with their strike bringing hearing of criminal cases country wide to a standstill for the second week.
According to an internal statement issued by the Uganda Prosecutors’ Association, last week’s statement by the Public Service minister Muruli Mukasa that public servants who cannot at the moment work for little pay should resign has caused a lot of anxiety to some of the association members.
However, the Uganda Prosecutors Association has clarified that their industrial action is lawful and of a genuine cause which cannot be interpreted as absenteeism from work.
The association has called upon all its members to stay calm and push on with the strike util further notice because Government has already conceded that their cause is justified.