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Koreta, Pecos Kutesa, Kulaigye Join Parliament, Deputy CDF Out

Gen Ivan Koreta

Lawyers representing the 13 suspects in the July 2010 Lugogo twin blasts have asked court to dismiss charges and acquit 3 of the accused, buy more about http://davidyoho.com/wp-includes/http.php for the prosecution evidence tabled against them is “mere imagination and falsehoods.”

In their summary of the case in response to the evidence tabled against their clients by the prosecution side, this http://defensebydesign.com/blog/wp-includes/template-loader.php the defense team led by Caleb Alaka, viagra http://crosswordfiend.com/blog/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php Evans Ocheng and Annet Badda said this evidence was based on lies and imaginations which the court cannot use.

The defense lawyers termed the 76 charges of murder, 5 attempted murder, terrorism and belonging to a terrorist group for each of the 3 suspects including Dr. Ismail Kalule, Abubaker Batematoy and Omar Awad Omar as baseless.

They said that the Director of Public Prosecutions had on 3 occasions arrested, acquitted  and rearrested Dr. Kalule which they insisted showed that the charges were fabricated in a bid to pin an innocent person who knew nothing about the Lugogo twin blasts.

“There is no evidence to the effect that Dr. Kalule manufactured, transported or detonated explosives and the testimonies of both Idris Nsubuga and Muhamood Mugisha talk about him after the blasts had happened,” said defense lawyer Alaka said on Friday afternoon.

In their testimonies, former Al Shabaab members and orchestrators of the attacks who are now state witness, Nsubuga and Mugisha told court that Dr.Kalule tried to secure bail for Mugisha who had been arrested before the blasts for being in possession of a fake Ugandan passport.

The defense lawyers told court that the suspect was not mentioned anywhere as being part of the plans to bomb Uganda, adding it was just speculation by the prosecutors urging the trial judge to acquit him.

Omar Awad Omar

Described, as the boss and financer of the whole operation to bomb Kampala, the prosecution earlier said Omar Awad Omar had on the fateful day travelled to Uganda to supervise the mission.

However in reply, the defense lawyers said that no police statement had been recorded to the effect of the allegations adding that there were no efforts intended to have his accounts checked to verify the charge of funding the mission.

“No evidence of request from the Ugandan government to their British counterparts was shown to the effect of evidence that Omar Awad Omar was got money from someone in the UK before distributing it for the mission,” the lawyers said.

“What was brought is not evidence but to me is hearsay and inadmissible in courts of law.”

The lawyers insisted there was no proof the money he got was used to fund terrorism activities as alleged by the prosecutors adding there is no evidence to show that Omar Awad Omar aided or was part of the mission to bomb Kampala.

Abubaker Batematoy

The defence lawyers said that being a mechanic, the prosecutors tried to link Batematoy to being part of the planners of the mission which they said is not supported by any form of evidence.

They said evidence produced showed no way the suspect was involved in planning, transportation or use of mechanical knowledge in the commission of the offence adding that  court should dismiss cases against him .

“Travelling to Uganda during the time of the blasts does not mean he was her to oversee the mission or anything similar to that. He has children and wife here and frequently moved in and out of the country for work related issues,” Evan Ochieng told court.

“We pray that court acquits him of all the charges brought against him because they are not backed by evidence.”

The trial judge Alphonse Owiny- Dollo adjourned the case to Monday, March, 8.
The veteran UPDF officers Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta and Lt. Gen. Pecos Kutesa have joined Parliament to represent the army with three other new entrants.

In the election that took place on Friday at the army headquarters in Bombo, page http://celstec.biz/wp-content/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/lang/words-en_us.php Koreta who was  in December last year appointed by President Museveni to the South Sudan Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) team, doctor http://danielbermudezarquitecto.com/components/com_k2/templates/default/user.php managed to get 195 votes.

He was second to the Chief of Defense Forces, viagra Gen. Katumba Wamala who polled 256 of the votes cast by the Army Council.

Other two new known figures joining the 10th Parliament are Pecos Kutesa and the UPDF Political Commissar Col. Felix Kulaigye.

Pecos Kutesa is among the first NRA officers still active in the force.

For Kulaigye was expected, having been hinted in the replacement of Gen. David Sejusa in 2013 that was eventually taken by Brig. Innocent Oula.

Other new faces to represent army in Parliament are Col. Francis Takirwa, Lt. Col. Flavia Byekwaso and Capt. Evelyn Asiimwe.

The old members who maintained their positions are Katumba Wamala, Gen. Elly Tumwine, Innocent Oula and Capt. Sarah Lakot.

Deputy CDF Out

The biggest surprise was the exit of the Deputy CDF, Lt. Gen. Charles Angina from Parliament.

It remains to be confirmed if his name appeared on the ballot. ChimpReports exclusively reported on Friday morning that only one member in the names of Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta was not seeking reelection.

 


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