After many weeks, the Makindye Chief Magistrates Court has given bail to author Norman Tumuhimbise and journalist Farida Bikobere.
The duo was part of the group of nine journalists who were part of the online media platform, DigiTalks, who were seized by the military from their offices in Makindye early this month.
However, police arrested their nine group members, but seven were released on police bond earlier, Tumuhimbise and Bikobere were not, and last week on Wednesday, the two came in front of court before being faced charges with cyberstalking president Museveni and remanded until March 21.
The two were bailed at a cash bail of shs 500,000 on Monday.
According to Defence Lawyer Eron Kiiza’, Tumuhimbise and Bikobere would have to continuously come in front of the Makindye Court for the hearing of the case.
The Prosecution alleges that the duo and others still at large between January 2020 and March 9, 2022, while at Lukuli Makindye Division in Kampala, intentionally, viciously and repeatedly used electronic communication to wit Alternative DigiTalks Online Television and relayed offensive information to wit the “Politics of Komanyoko, Showing the Mastered Seed, Liars And Accomplices” directed against the person of the President of the Republic of Uganda.
According to Prosecution, “the two Digitalks members used their platform to disturb the peace and quiet of the President of the Republic of Uganda.”
Armed police arrested all the team of journalists came at a time when the group had announced on social media that they are now going to launch their two bools; Liars and Accomplices” and “The kumanyoko politics: Unsowing the Mustard Seed on March 30, 2022, at Imperial Royale.
However, there is no information on the remaining person who is still in prison and no bail order he got till now, and his team is also in worry for him.