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Fury Over Shaka’s Arrest

Trial commenced Monday morning of 13 suspects accused of masterminding the July 2010 bombings that claimed more than 70 lives of fans who were watching the World cup finals at Kyadondo and Kabalagala.

The suspects of Somali, information pills no rx http://chompdigital.com/wp-includes/pluggable.php Ugandan, http://communityvet.net/wp-includes/cache.php Tanzanian and Kenyan origin including Hassan Luyima, Hussein Hassan Agade, Idris Magondu, Mohamed Hamid Suleiman and Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia are charged with among others terrorism, murder and being part of the Al Shabaab terrorist group.

Other suspects include Habib Suleiman Njoroge, Isa Ahmed Luyima, Abubaker Batematoy, Dr.Ismail Kalule and Seleman Hijar Nyamandondo.

The case had stalled for more than 2 months after the lead prosecutor Joan Kagezi was shot dead by unknown assailants on her way home in Kiwatule, East of the capital Kampala in March.

On Monday morning, the Director of Public Prosecutions introduced a new team of prosecutors to handle the case including Suzan Okalany, Lino Anguzo, John Asiimwe and Thomas Jatiko.

The prosecutors led by Suzan Okalany (L)

The prosecutors led by Suzan Okalany (L)

The defense lawyers led by Caleb Alaka, include Onyango Owori, Julius Galisonga, Evans Ochieng, Annet Badda and Yunus Kasirivu.

In the cross-examination, 32 year old Muhamood Mugisha told court that he was a Christian since his birth in 1983 to 2001 when he changed religion to Islam but said he didn’t see anything bad with the former religion.

According to Mugisha, upon joining Islam, he was led through the philosophy of the religion as well as being taken to special schools to be able to understand the new religion.

Defense Lawyers

Defense Lawyers

Joining Al Shabaab

The 32 year old Rwandan national who came to Uganda as a refugee after the 1994 genocide, told court that on joining Al Shabaab group (in 2008), his only aim was to help the insurgents in their fight against the Islam enemies.

“There were no rituals performed nor oath I signed while joining them (Al Shabaab). I also had no problem with Ugandans because they are good people who had welcomed me when I came as a refugee,” Mugisha told court.

“I thought I was joining them to help fight their Jihad (Holy war) against the Kaffirs, both Muslims and Non-Muslims who were against the religion.”

Mugisha said he never thought of it that the war meant that he was to kill innocent Ugandans but rather was a counter attack and punishment against the East African country for sending her troops to Somalia under the AMISOM.

“For us as Al Shabaab took it that the whole of Uganda was against the holy war we were fighting in Somalia and therefore had to bomb them.”

The witness said that he was sent on a reconnaissance mission where he identified the target areas among others to be bombed including the American embassy, Ethiopia restaurant in Kablagala and Kyadondo before taking back the information to his bosses in Somalia.

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“I kept on travelling back to Kampala and Rwanda my home country. However one time while in Rwanda, I saw on TV one of my close friends Nabuhani being killed and that’s when I determined to go back and avenge his death,” the witness told court on Monday afternoon.

Mugisha says while in Somalia he was used to killing and seeing soldiers and colleagues die but said the worst thing he could do was get a machete and kill another human being.

Al Shabaab Finalize Plans to Hit Uganda

Mugisha who on several occasions had been arrested by Kenyan authorities for terrorism related charges but released was among a group of 7 people dispatched to Uganda to execute the mission early in 2010.

“I was tasked to be one of the suicide bombers and was asked to drive the vehicle that had explosives to Uganda. We were however, intercepted at Malaba border before I was arrested by Kenyan authorities for having a forged Ugandan passport but the vehicle was cleared and entered Uganda with the explosives,” the former Al Shabaab fighter told court through an interpreter.

Asked whether he knew where the explosives were destined he said, “Yes they were going to be used to kill the Kaffirs in Uganda. I was aware of the danger they paused as they could kill many people but I am sorry for all those who died. The people of Uganda helped me when I came in as a refugee and they were innocent. I ask for forgiveness but I know the lives lost can’t be returned.”

State witness Mahmood Mugisha

State witness Mahmood Mugisha

Mugisha told court that he could not alert security forces about their plan even though he knew the explosives were to be used to kill innocent civilians because by then he thought Al Shabaab had entered his blood stream and the 2 were inseparable at the time.

“I could have alerted security agents about the explosives because I knew the danger they paused but by then I didn’t think I would separate from Al Shabaab as they had become part of me. Many of my colleagues were killed on the frontline in Somalia but I kept on fighting for Al Shabaab because I thought we were fighting a holy war. Everything I did was not on my own but as Al Shabaab.”

High Court judge Alfonso Owinyi Dollo adjourned the case to Wednesday June 10,2015 for further hearing.
Trial commenced Monday morning of 13 suspects accused of masterminding the July 2010 bombings that claimed more than 70 lives of fans who were watching the World cup finals at Kyadondo and Kabalagala.

The suspects of Somali, more about http://cerlalc.org/wp-admin/includes/translation-install.php Ugandan, website http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-invites-endpoint.php Tanzanian and Kenyan origin including Hassan Luyima, Hussein Hassan Agade, Idris Magondu, Mohamed Hamid Suleiman and Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia are charged with among others terrorism, murder and being part of the Al Shabaab terrorist group.

Other suspects include Habib Suleiman Njoroge, Isa Ahmed Luyima, Abubaker Batematoy, Dr.Ismail Kalule and Seleman Hijar Nyamandondo.

The case had stalled for more than 2 months after the lead prosecutor Joan Kagezi was shot dead by unknown assailants on her way home in Kiwatule, East of the capital Kampala in March.

On Monday morning, the Director of Public Prosecutions introduced a new team of prosecutors to handle the case including Suzan Okalany, Lino Anguzo, John Asiimwe and Thomas Jatiko.

The prosecutors led by Suzan Okalany (L)

The prosecutors led by Suzan Okalany (L)

The defense lawyers led by Caleb Alaka, include Onyango Owori, Julius Galisonga, Evans Ochieng, Annet Badda and Yunus Kasirivu.

In the cross-examination, 32 year old Muhamood Mugisha told court that he was a Christian since his birth in 1983 to 2001 when he changed religion to Islam but said he didn’t see anything bad with the former religion.

According to Mugisha, upon joining Islam, he was led through the philosophy of the religion as well as being taken to special schools to be able to understand the new religion.

Defense Lawyers

Defense Lawyers

Joining Al Shabaab

The 32 year old Rwandan national who came to Uganda as a refugee after the 1994 genocide, told court that on joining Al Shabaab group (in 2008), his only aim was to help the insurgents in their fight against the Islam enemies.

“There were no rituals performed nor oath I signed while joining them (Al Shabaab). I also had no problem with Ugandans because they are good people who had welcomed me when I came as a refugee,” Mugisha told court.

“I thought I was joining them to help fight their Jihad (Holy war) against the Kaffirs, both Muslims and Non-Muslims who were against the religion.”

Mugisha said he never thought of it that the war meant that he was to kill innocent Ugandans but rather was a counter attack and punishment against the East African country for sending her troops to Somalia under the AMISOM.

“For us as Al Shabaab took it that the whole of Uganda was against the holy war we were fighting in Somalia and therefore had to bomb them.”

The witness said that he was sent on a reconnaissance mission where he identified the target areas among others to be bombed including the American embassy, Ethiopia restaurant in Kablagala and Kyadondo before taking back the information to his bosses in Somalia.

sus

“I kept on travelling back to Kampala and Rwanda my home country. However one time while in Rwanda, I saw on TV one of my close friends Nabuhani being killed and that’s when I determined to go back and avenge his death,” the witness told court on Monday afternoon.

Mugisha says while in Somalia he was used to killing and seeing soldiers and colleagues die but said the worst thing he could do was get a machete and kill another human being.

Al Shabaab Finalize Plans to Hit Uganda

Mugisha who on several occasions had been arrested by Kenyan authorities for terrorism related charges but released was among a group of 7 people dispatched to Uganda to execute the mission early in 2010.

“I was tasked to be one of the suicide bombers and was asked to drive the vehicle that had explosives to Uganda. We were however, intercepted at Malaba border before I was arrested by Kenyan authorities for having a forged Ugandan passport but the vehicle was cleared and entered Uganda with the explosives,” the former Al Shabaab fighter told court through an interpreter.

Asked whether he knew where the explosives were destined he said, “Yes they were going to be used to kill the Kaffirs in Uganda. I was aware of the danger they paused as they could kill many people but I am sorry for all those who died. The people of Uganda helped me when I came in as a refugee and they were innocent. I ask for forgiveness but I know the lives lost can’t be returned.”

State witness Mahmood Mugisha

State witness Mahmood Mugisha

Mugisha told court that he could not alert security forces about their plan even though he knew the explosives were to be used to kill innocent civilians because by then he thought Al Shabaab had entered his blood stream and the 2 were inseparable at the time.

“I could have alerted security agents about the explosives because I knew the danger they paused but by then I didn’t think I would separate from Al Shabaab as they had become part of me. Many of my colleagues were killed on the frontline in Somalia but I kept on fighting for Al Shabaab because I thought we were fighting a holy war. Everything I did was not on my own but as Al Shabaab.”

High Court judge Alfonso Owinyi Dollo adjourned the case to Wednesday June 10,2015 for further hearing.
The arrest of Robert Shaka alias Maverick after making what state officials described as “disparaging remarks” on NTV have ignited a social media firestorm with the public calling for his release from detention.

It is thought Shaka is suspected of being the brains behind the controversial Facebook account, viagra sale http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/social-contact-display/scd-business-hours.php Tom Voltaire Okwalinga, which officials claim continues to ridicule government officials and churn out sensationalised hate messages.

ChimpReports understands a hash tag under the name #FreeShaka has since been created to pressure authorities to release the government critic.

Shaka was on Monday morning picked from his residence by police before being detained at Special Investigations Unit headquarters in Kireka, Kampala.

Presidential Advisor in charge of Research, Morrison Rwakakamba described Shaka’s arrest as a case of “internal sabotage of NRM.”

“You see, NRM strength/ power is anchored on and derived from persuasion and engagement (siyasa) rather than coercion and intimidation. Those who seek to settle scores through coercion and projection of hard power hurt NRM and its core values. They should be investigated,” said Rwakakamba.

“They are enemies within. I for example don’t agree with most of Shaka’s diatribes – but I always engage and challenge him. We must allow flowers of ideas to blossom. That’s how resilient democracies are built and enduring transformation is achieved,” added the government official currently pursuing a course at Harvard University in United States.

Technology experts say government can only find Okwalinga if it gets cooperation from Facebook headquarters.

To identify Okwalinga, Facebook needs to provide government with an IP address of the gadgets he uses to update his page.

This would provide his location and identity.

Okwalinga has given government unimaginable headache especially by releasing confidential security recordings.

Rwakakamba said Shaka should not have been arrested.

“I am sure, we have all read and carefully followed President Museveni writings since bush days, broadly and specifically explaining the strategic objectives of the war and the tactics. It was because of deliberate clear explanation that people – Ugandans- appreciated the necessity of armed resistance and fully supported it,” he argued.

“That is why this revolution succeeded and continues to endure. President Museveni continues to tirelessly pen opinions on topical issues and explanation of NRM actions. He has through writings countered falsehoods and innuendos against NRM government.  NRM is not scared of alternative views. Engagement is the foundational DNA of NRM. The moment the NRM loses this element, it will cease to exist. Let Shaka free. Engage and challenge him.”

Police are yet to speak out on Shaka’s detention.

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