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MP Kabaziguruka,19 Soldiers Charged  for Plotting to Overthrow Gov’t

The General Court Martial in Makindye on Tuesday afternoon charged  23 people including Nakawa Member of  Parliament Michael Kabaziguruka , prescription http://creamiicandy.com/wp-includes/post.php   AIP Obulejo Ferdinand attached to the Counter terrorism unit  at Naguru  and 19  UPDF soldiers  with offences related to a plot to overthrow government.

The other suspects included Cpt. Andrew Oja, cialis 40mg Cpl.Geofrey Idru,Cpl.Richard Odama,,Pte.Jacob Obua,Pte.Christopher Omony,Pte.Geofrey Amude,Pte.Shafick Masembe,Pte.Asuman Bilali,Cpl.Emmanuel Tibesigwa, Cpl.Justin Erweru,Pte.Ibrahim Angola,Pte. James Mataji ,Pte.Lucy Acan,Pte.Billy Paul Oguti,Pte.James Byamaka,Pte.Ambrose Owunyu,Pte.Benon Tugume ,Fredrick Namala and Musa Lutwama.

Some of the UPDF suspects leaving court on Tuesday

Some of the UPDF suspects leaving court on Tuesday

During the court session that lasted over 4 hours, the suspects were charged with offences relating to security and treachery contrary to sections 130 and 129 of the UPDF Act 2005.

“You are accused together with others still at large in various places including Wakiso, Kampala and Luweero  of acting to  prejudice security of the forces cooperation in order to plot to overthrow the government with force of fire arms,” the court Martial chairman Lt.Gen Andrew Gutti read the charges to the 23 people.

The suspects were sent to Kigo Prison and Makindye Barracks

The suspects were sent to Kigo Prison and Makindye Barracks

According to prosecution led by Maj. Raphael Mugisha, the 23 people are also accused of treachery prejudice to security when they infiltrated the defense forces and engaged in war-like activities between February and June 2016 against government.

According to prosecution, the UPDF soldiers were attached to various places including Nakasongola Air Defense base, Counter intelligence unit  and the Makindye military police headquarters.

Kabaziguruka Questions Trail

There was a stalemate as legislator Kabaziguruka, police officer AIP Obulejo and 2 other civilians protested their trial in a military court yet they are not soldiers.

MP Kabaziguruka contested his trial in the army court

MP Kabaziguruka contested his trial in the army court

“My lord I challenge the jurisdiction of this court because  I am a Member of Parliament, civilian and I have not had chance to see my lawyer since I was arrested on June 8.I have medical problems but I have not been allowed to access a doctor. I don’t think I will be able to answer any charges right now,” Kabaziguruka told court and was supported by the defense lawyer   Maj. Ronald Iduli.

Other suspects who queried trial in the army court were Fredrick Namala and Musa Lutwama who said they were not comfortable with the court.

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However, after a short adjournment, the court was advised by the Judge Advocate Lt. Col G. T.Katinda that the suspects apart from Kabaziguruka could continue with pleading with the charges and that they their concerns would be heard at a later date.

The prosecution told court that investigations were still ongoing and requested for at least 2 weeks to be able to finalize before the case hearing kicks off.

The Makindye based army court chairman Lt. Gen. Gutti adjourned the case to July 12 before remanding the accused at Kigo and Makindye military prisons.

 

 


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