Daniel Walyemera, a lawyer representing Pastor Joseph Kabuleta has been denied access to his client.
Kabuleta, a renowned government and President Museveni critic is currently being held at the Special Investigations Division (SID) in Kireka. He was arrested by plain clothed police detectives at Drew and Jacs Restaurant in Lugogo ahead of his Friday evening fellowship and faces charges of offensive communication. Police said Kabuleta falsely called President Yoweri Museveni a "gambler", "thief" and "a liar".
“It is unfortunate however that authorities at SID denied Joseph Kabuleta access to his legal team in disregard of constitutional rights to access to legal representation,” the Watchman Ministry said in a statement issued on Sunday.
Kabuleta's doctor and family members were granted access. Charles Twine, the spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Directorate, however, says it is not right for Kabuleta or anyone to be denied access to their lawyer.
“It is not proper for any suspect to be denied access to his lawyers, if this is the case, I will talk to the management of police to ensure he gets his lawyers." Twine said.
Meanwhile, worshipers at the Watchman Ministries also claim that Godwin Matsiko and Collins Tugumusirize are also missing. According to police, Matsiko was arrested on Friday just after the arrest of Kabuleta after he tried to flee with the preachers mobile phones yet they are considered as exhibits. Tugumusirize was allegedly arrested on Saturday.