Police releases Nixon Agasiirwe on bail following 4 years’ remand

After four years, the General court-martial in Makindye has finally granted bail to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nixon Agasiirwe, the former commander of Police Special Operations, spending four years on remand.

Nixon Agasiirwe, a close associate of the former police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura, was arrested in 2018 by the army and detained at Makindye barracks.

He made several attempts in order to get bail several times, but sadly all his efforts get failed and were useless until today, Monday when the army court finally allowed him to have temporary release.

According to Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, this court finds merit in the application and grants bail to the applicant.

There are several strict terms made by the army court and issued by the army chairman, which he said ought to be met by Agasiirwe, or else he risks having his bail cancelled.

And after his bail, he is not allowed to go beyond the limits of the Kampala and Wakiso districts, and he needs to report to court twice in a month, mostly after every two weeks; to pay a non-cash bond of shs30 million, and each os his sureties to each pay a non-cash bond of shs50 million.

Along with these, the applicant should deposit his travel documents, including his passport, with the court’s registrar. Breach of any of those situations will lead to cancellation of the bail,” Lt Gen Gutti warned.

In the bail application, Agasiirwe stated that it is his right to apply for bail and that he had spent a long time on remand and he needed to go out on bail temporarily.

He offered three sureties, with his brother Aloysius Muhangi and Laban Muhabwe, a retired senior police officer.

Agasiirwe faced charges related to the Kidnap and the repatriation of Lt.Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard to President Paul Kagame back to Rwanda in 2013, among other charges with eight other police officers, his co-accused have long been released on bail.

Some four weeks ago, in 2018, Agasiirwe was refused to get bail by the same court.