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Kabamba Attack Case Stalls as Defense Objects to State Witness

Kabamba Barracks attack suspects in dock
Kabamba Barracks attack suspects in dock

The defense side in the case before Makindye General Court Martial, where 14 people are accused of attacking Kabamba Barracks in 2014, today objected to the 11th Prosecution witness who had been brought to testify against the accused persons.

Counsel Fredrick Ssemwanga protested against the witness, citing Prosecution’s failure to produce in court the 9th witness, AIP Felix Turihamwe who was never cross examined by defense.

As such, he says, no more witnesses can be admitted before concluding with him.

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“We object to the procedure prosecution is intending to take. In normal rules of procedure we need to finalize with the previous witness before starting with another one,” he argued.

Counsel Ssemwanga added that although Col Tingira, the 10th prosecution witness testified before conclusion of the earlier witness, it was still out of order.

The court chairman, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti admitted that allowing Col Tingira was wrong but unavoidable.

 “For Tingira we had to bend the rules because he was going to a mission and procuring him back to testify, would not have been easy,” said Gen Gutti.

The chairman adjourned the hearing of the matter to tomorrow 1st August, and ordered Prosecution to ensure that they produce the 9th witness to avoid delayed justice for the accused persons.

 

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