2 freed Kenyan bomb suspects to be deported

By Juliet kigongo


Two Kenyan nationals, who were part of the five freed 2010 bomb suspects, were by last evening at the immigration eastern border point waiting to be deported to their respective families, eight years later.
The status of their deportation movements was updated by their lawyer, Mr Evans Ochieng.
“The two Kenyans Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia and Mohamed Hamid Suleiman are still in the hands of the immigration officers awaiting to be taken back home,” Mr Ochieng said.
He also said all the suspects, including Dr Ismail Kalule, who had been on bail, Abubakari Batemyetto (all Ugandans) and Omar Awadh Omar (Kenyan) have re-united with their families except the two.
On Tuesday, the International Crimes Division of the High Court freed the five suspects after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) tendered in a letter discontinuing their trial.
Court also received three August 28 deportation letters from the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Jeje Odongo, stating that the three (Omar, Mohammed and Mbuthia) have been deemed to be an undesirable immigrants by virtue of section 52(g) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act.

Minister orders deportation
“Therefore by virtue of the powers vested in me by section 60(1) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act, I hereby direct that the three be deported from and remain out of Uganda indefinitely,” the minister’s letter reads in part.
However, the presiding judge Margaret Oguli-Oumo ordered that Omar stays with his mother in Bwebajja until his appeal to quash Gen Odongo’s order is determined by the same court.
The judge also threatened to arrest the immigration officers if they do not follow court orders of deporting the Mohammed and Mbuthia who did not have any objection with the minister’s directive.
Omar’s lawyer, Mr Ochieng told court that the minister’s order deprives him of his right to a family.
Court heard that his mother is a Ugandan while his father, who passed away, is a Kenyan and the only family he has now is in Uganda.
The suspects had been arrested over their connection to the July 11, 2010 terrorist attacks.
More than 70 people perished in explosions at Kyadondo Rugby Club on Jinja Road and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala, both Kampala outskirts, as they watched the World Cup final.


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