Joseph Kabuleta is out on police bond. The former New Vision sports journalist and pastor of Watchman Ministries regained his freedom from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka on Tuesday evening.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed Kabuleta’s release from custody following his arrest on Friday last week for offensive communication.
“That’s true. It is something that we agreed upon that when his file is not sanctioned within 48 hours. He becomes a beneficiary of police bond”, Enanga told URN on phone.
Adding that, they had assured the public that Kabuleta would be released should he fail to appear in court soon. URN understands that the director of public prosecutions (DPP) Mike Chibita failed to sanction Kabuleta’s file in time, which left police without any option but to release him on bond.
His lawyer, Daniel Walyemera also confirmed Kabuleta’s release. He said Kabuleta was charged under Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act, which talks about offensive communication. He said Kabuleta has been asked to report to SIU on Friday.
Walyemera also noted that police decided to release his client to beat the habeas corpus application scheduled for hearing before justice Musa Ssekana on Wednesday.
According to Walyemera, the most important issue to note is that Kabuleta’s constitutional rights have been violated since he was denied access to his lawyers, next of kin and doctor. Kabuleta’s release comes a few hours after his lawyers, Daniel Walyemera and Aggrey Mpola filed an application for his production in court.
The two lawyers ran to the High court on Tuesday evening seeking orders compelling the commandant of the Special Investigations Unit Kireka, Elly Womanya, inspector general of police, Martins Okoth Ochola and the attorney general, William Byaruhanga to produce their client in court.
Kabuleta was picked up by plain clothed detective from Cafe Drew and Jacs in Lugogo Forest Mall on July 12. He was bundled into a Toyota Wish Motor vehicle registration number UBB 459D. He is accused of posting an offensive message through "Kabuleta's Weekly Rants” on Facebook in which he allegedly referred to President Yoweri Museveni as a gambler, thief and liar.
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Police only allowed in, a team of lawyers led by Walyemera to access Kabuleta and ordered the remaining group to wait from somewhere else. Drama unfolded when the group enclosed the place immediately before the police unit and started fellowshipping as they demanded for Kabuleta’s release.
Evelyn Kasiri, one of the protestors said all they wanted were answers from police on why Kabuleta was still locked up beyond the mandatory 48 hours without appearing before court. Abraham Mirembe, one of the leaders of the Watchman Ministries, accused police of denying Kabuleta access to his expectant wife, doctor and lawyers in disregard of his rights.