EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Gen Aronda Treason Case Dismissed

page geneva;”>She says the private prosecutors made a mistake in their submissions when they said Aronda made the remarks in Buziga, here a Kampala suburb which falls under the jurisdiction of Makindye Court.

medicine geneva;”>10:00am: Nakawa Chief Magistrate, Joy Kabaje on Monday clashed with a lawyer on whether to issue criminal summons for Chief of Defence Forces, General Aronda Nyakairima, to face charges of treason.

Nabukenya briefs journalists outside Nakawa Court on Tuesday

Luweero Woman MP Brenda Nabukenya last week took Aronda to court for reportedly threatening the army could take over government if politicians continued “showing lack of seriousness.”

Speaking to journalists at the Ministry of Defence headquarters on January 23, Aronda said: “We are going about our normal business. I can’t do more than what they said. The message was well taken for those to who it was intended. Stand warned. Stand advised. Should you not change course, other things will be brought into play. Let no one return to the past. We have seen enough, almost 25 years of turmoil.”

Gen. Aronda was responding to a question raised by a journalist on whether the army was serious about taking over Parliament as earlier said by Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga.

“The message was deliberately sent out and we leave it at that.”

The Chief Magistrate ruled she lacked the jurisdiction to try a treason case, advising Nabukenya’s lawyer, Julius Galisonga to try the High Court.

She further quoted the Magistrates Court Act, saying Nabukenya’s submission was not backed by a letter from a local council chairperson or chief of the area where the accused allegedly committed the offence.

DP officials flank Nabukenya to Court

However, Galisonga could not take this, arguing the Nakawa Court had the mandate to refer the matter to the High Court as it has done previously with treason suspects.

Galisonga, pressed further for the signing of the complaint on oath to enable serving of criminal sermons to the army chief and DPP, arguing under the KCCA arrangement, there were no chiefs.

According to Nabukenya, Aronda violated section 23 sub sections 1, 2 and 3 which are against Treason and section 21 sub sections 1 and 2 which are against Crime of Mutiny.

Nabukenya and her lawyers outside Court

She contends Aronda’s statement tantamount to including inciting the army to commit a crime, treason, offences against the State, concealment of treason and terrorism.

Democratic Party, where Nabukenya falls, had earlier blasted Aronda, accusing him of harbouring intentions to overawe the Parliament of Uganda from being recalled from recess to discuss and or debate various issues including the role of the executive in the death of the departed Butaleja legislator Cerinah Nebanda and the independence of Parliament.


DP Deputy Publicist Kenneth Kakande said the UPDF General had intentions of inciting the officers and men of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces to commit the crime of Mutiny contrary to 21 (1) and (2) of the penal code act Cap 120 of the laws of Uganda and Section 29.

Kabaje adjourned the case to 2:30pm today when court will rule whether to dismiss the case or summon Aronda.


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