Kagingo, Opiyo bailout blogger held with opposition youth


Kagingo and lawyer Nicholas Opiyo outside Mukono court


Mukono chief magistrates court has granted bail to members of the Democratic Alliance Youth Wing arrested in Kampala last week for holding an illegal assembly.

The seven were arrested for holding a press conference at Centenary Park protesting the arrest of Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye.

They include; lawyer Andrew Karamagi, Kennedy Oluma from Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA), Shaban Kalema from Justice Forum, Brian Babilebo from FDC unemployed youth pressure group and Zerida Akai from FDC.

They were detained at Jinja Road Police Station and later sent to Naggalama police in Mukono.

When they were produced in court today, Roseline Nsenge, the Mukono Grade One magistrate, charged them with disobeying police orders not to hold the meeting.

With the intervention of Sarah Kagingo, the social media guru, Nicholas Opiyo, their lawyer and Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze, the group secured a cash bail of Shs 200,000 each.

Sureties were also bonded Shs 5m non-cash.

Also bailed out was Kagingo’s friend and a blogger, Danny T, thanks to a relentless campaign on Twitter and Facebook by Danny’s friends.


Kagingo and her friend, Danny T (left) outside court

“When I was incarcerated, Sarah Kagingo came to visit and when I needed bail money, she gave..she cares,” Danny tweeted afterwards condemning police impunity.

Famous for digitizing President Yoweri Museveni’s communications department, Kagingo is also the founder of Soft Power Communications, a PR and Communications firm.

The case was then pushed to July 27, for hearing.

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