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Kabuleta's camp sends out warning to magistrate to release him

Leaders of National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) have given Nakawa court magistrate up to December 14, 2022 to release their president, Joseph Kabuleta, who is facing charges of "hate speech". It is said that he is in need of medical attention.

Kabuleta's camp sends out warning to magistrate to release him

The group, led by NEED Secretary General Asuman Odaka, claims that Kabuleta is in poor health and are holding the Nakawa magistrate accountable for the delay in releasing him.

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Speaking at the party headquarters in Bugolobi, Kampala, the group threatened action if he is not released beyond the stated date to get medical treatment.

"We are putting the magistrate at Nakawa court on notice, should anything happen to President Kabuleta regarding his health, we shall tell the country who you are. He needs to be out to access good health services," Odaka noted.

Kabuleta was arrested and remanded last week after being arraigned in court for sectarianism according to the Section 41 (1) of the Penal Code Act.

The charges stem from a press conference held back in May 30, during which he claimed that a section of Ugandans are suffering despite being viewed as privileged by the public.

"Not all people in Ankole have benefited from the NRM regime, most of them are facing the same problems faced by people in other regions. The privileges are enjoyed by the Bahima and Tutsi people who control everything in the sub-region," he claimed.

At the same conference, former Parliamentary contestant for Isingiro North Prossy Ayebare also made similar comments that have put her in cohort with Kabuleta before the law.

"The Banyankole and Bakiga are oppressed people, we have political, economic and social challenges. The Bahima and Tutsi are the ones who take decisions like who gets what job, who joins the army among others," Ayebare claimed.

The Penal Code Act says that statements or acts that result in exposure to hatred or contempt, discrimination against or breeds ill will and hostility against a given group or person based on their religion, tribe, ethnicity or region of origin will result in imprisonment for up to five years upon conviction.

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