Crime & Investigation

Gen Sejusa Aides Convicted; Face Death Penalty

Gen Sejusa's aides in the dock at Makindye Court recently

Makindye General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti has convicted Gen David Sejusa’s former aides of treachery and aiding and abetting treachery, rx Chimp Corps report.

The conviction attracts a death penalty should the six offenders fail to appeal the judgement.

Lance corporal Grace Nasasira Rwakyoozi and Lance Corporal Geoffrey Karuhanga who were attached to Special Forces Command’s Task Force Battalion and Two Tank Battallion, this were charged with treachery.

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On the other hand, Private Frank Ninsiima (Sejusa office aide), James Nayebare, Abel Twinamatsiko and Moses Nuwagaba unsuccessfully battled charges of aiding and abetting treachery.

Lt Gen Gutti today ruled that prosecution produced 7 witnesses who have proved all the grounds required beyond reasonable doubt to secure conviction for the accused.

The first prosecution witness Cpl Sam Mijumbi informed court he was invited by LCpl Nasasira and Karuhanga to meet Ninsiima at Sekanyonyi where they delivered to him a message from Gen Sejusa aimed at overthrowing the government to stop President Museveni’s mission of grooming Major General Muhoozi for presidency

Mijumbi was promised money if he provided support.

Gen Gutti said there was an unlawful mission to overthrow the government which the witness reported to the Special Forces Command Director Intelligence.

None of the accused, said the military court’s chairman, reported the plot to relevant authorities.

“The accused persons didn’t only withhold information but went ahead to mobilize fellow soldiers to join the scheme,” ruled Gen Gutti.

The witness went ahead and informed court that on 3rd May 2013 he attended a meeting at Noble View Hotel Ntinda with Nayebare and Ninsiima during which he received Shs 100,000 from Nayebare as ‘transport’ before being tasked to recruit 10 soldiers within one week.

The chairman ruled that this evidence cleared doubts that Nayebare participated in the acts since he never reported the issue to any Local Council or authority.

The second Prosecution witness Jonathan Kajiri informed court that Abel Twinamatsiko participated in this scheme by attending meetings at Shades Restaurant and City Square Restaurant where he called upon his friends to overthrow the government since they had gained nothing from it.

Court further based on evidence of PW4 Sgt James Muwanguzi who informed court he was asked by Nuwagaba and Twinamatsiko to recruit more soldiers to participate in their plan of overthrowing the government.

“The accused faulted by holding vital information from authorities although they had time but opted not to pass it despite the fact that it was a threat to country’s security,” concluded Gen Gutti.

The chairman ruled that having been convinced by the prosecution that the accused persons committed the offences, court has convicted them on the said charges.

The accused had dismissed the charges as baseless and untrue.

State Prosecutor Lt Ambrose Baguma asked court to hand down serious sentences to the accused upon being convicted of grave offences.

“These are grave offences. Under UPDF Act Sec 129, treachery carries a maximum sentence of death as well as aiding and abetting is punishable under Section 189 of the UPDF Act with the same punishment,” submitted Baguma.

In reply to this Defense, Counsel David Mushabe asked court to grant his clients a lenient sentence because they have no previous criminal record.

“The convicts have been in prison for three years over a matter which could have been closed in months and this occasioned injustice to them with trauma,” submitted Mushabe.

The lawyer further added that court should consider the fact that none of the accused was arrested with any explosive or guns and are sole providers for their families in delivering the sentence.

Court has set July 18 for sentencing the convicts.


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