Kabamba Attack Case: We Planned to Poison Coup Opponents – Witness

Witness Sembatya pinning the acussed in court today

Lance Corporal Norman Sembatya, information pills the first prosecution witness in the case where fourteen people are accused of participating in a plan to attack Kambamba barracks to obtain weapons for overthrowing government, cost has narrated to court how this deadly mission was planned.

The fourteen accused persons are Lt Col Phillip Frank Eguma, Pte Kenneth Ssekajja, Capt Halman Ba, Lt. Ronald Mwavu, Sgt. Nduga Musaazi, Nasim Namuzimuule (female), Marvin Ssemwogerere Kato, John Lumala Salongo, Patrick Kibuuka, Solomon Matovu, Peter Kibirige, Herbert Biyimbwa, Ali Mukiibi and Francis Kiwanuka.

Semabatya came to court today to interpret his recording in which it’s alleged that the voices were recorded from a meeting held by the accused persons to fulfill their mission.

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In his testimony before Makindye General Court Martial, Sembatya revealed that one Mutume who was on the planning team had lethal poison which was to be used to kill all senior army officers who were against the mission of overthrowing government.

“We held a number of meetings in Nairobi , Matugga, Kasangati ,Mengo and in Matugga Paradise,  chaired by Afande Alupere, in which we crafted the plan to overthrow government,” confessed Sembatya.

Sembatya claims he was doing this on instructions of the UPDF’s Chief of Intelligence by then Brig Charles Bakahanura, who sent him to spy on the dissident group and report back to him.

“Before heading to the meeting that was held at Paradise in Matugga which was being chaired by Afande Alepere, I picked my recorder from office and hid it in the place which I can’t show court now and thereby managed to record whatever was in that meeting as this court has heard on the recording.”

Sembatya proceeded to inform court that before the Kabamba attack mission, the accused and others at large had acquired a number of items to equip them throughout the battle that they were going to start.

“We were given Adment types of phones with a durable battery that can last two weeks to ease our communication. On top of that each person was promised a sum of 300,000 shillings as upkeep which we were going to leave back to our families. I was given two pairs of army uniform with captain peeps.”

Other items brought to court as evidence in the case include boxes of mineral water, cartoons of
splash juice, Spears, 15 sets of Adment mobile phones First Aid Kits, knives, poison and a Toyota Noah Number UAN 756Q, which the witness said was being used by the suspects to finalize their deal.

Court Martial Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti has adjourned the hearing of the same matter to 22nd August for further cross examination of the witness by the defense.


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