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Makmot charged, as George Agaba, the suspended KCCA director, out of jail
Mr George Agaba, the suspended KCCA director of physical planning, was yesterday released on police bond, while his bodyguard, Santos Makmot, was remanded to Luzira Prison after being charged with murder.
The duo was arrested on Sunday after an eviction exercise by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcers in Port Bell, Luzira, turned bloody, leaving one person dead and three others with serious gunshot wounds.
Yesterday, Mr Makmot, 26, attached to the Police’s Very Important Persons Protection Unit (VIPPU), was charged with murder at the Nakawa Magistrates Court and sent to Luzira while Mr Agaba was released from Jinja Road Police Station on police bond.
Police said the Director of Public Prosecutions had advised that charges against Mr Agaba were not sustainable. “The DPP advised us to carry out more investigations and that in the meantime, we should give Mr Agaba a bond because he had stayed in jail for more than the mandatory 48 hours,” said Police Deputy Spokesperson Judith Nabakooba. Ms Jane Kajuga, DPP’s spokesperson, confirmed the position.
“It is true. We advised the police to release Mr Agaba on bond but the case is still under investigation and the matter is not closed,” she said. “When the police conclude investigations, the file will be returned to us or at any point when there is some evidence that needs to be reviewed.”
Sources close to the investigation who spoke on conditions of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to the press said the police investigators had recommended a charge of attempted murder for Mr Agaba but the DPP declined to sanction the charge, saying there was no substantial evidence that he had tried to murder anybody.
Video evidence shows Mr Agaba brandishing the rifle that Mr Makmot later used to fire at the crowd, reportedly killing one person. The footage shows Mr Agaba walking to his car, and returning with the rifle. He attempts to shoot into the crowd but the rifle jams before passing it to Mr Makmot, who fires indiscriminately into the crowd.
Mr Makmot’s case will come up for mention on February 8, although the magistrate advised him to apply for bail at the High Court. State Attorney Joseph Bayega asked court for time to allow the state conclude the investigations to commit the suspect to High Court for trial.