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November Riots: Court Martial Remands Seven NUP Supporters

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Maserejje informed the court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing and asked the court for an adjournment, which was granted.
18 Jan 2021 16:58
Kassim Migadde one of the NUP supporters remanded to prison.
Uganda People’s Defense Forces- General Court Martial sitting in Makindye has remanded seven National Unity Platform-NUP supporters to Kitalya Government prison for unlawful use of military uniform. The suspects are Regan Ssentongo, Kassim Migadde, Julius Kayiwa, Christopher Bunju, Jamir Kigozi, Lawrence Ssemwogerere and Moses Nyombi.    

They include Boda boda riders from Katabi Sub County in Wakiso district, an electrician from Bwaise, a Kampala suburb and others whose businesses are not specified. The suspects appeared on Monday afternoon before the court-martial chaired by Lt. General Andrew Gutti where they were charged with unlawful use of military uniform.

Prosecution led by Maj. Samuel Maserejje told the court that on November 18th, 2020, the accused persons were found wearing red berets that are a monopoly of the Defense Forces and likely to cause confusion. The accused person’s pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Maserejje informed the court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing and asked the court for an adjournment, which was granted. Gutti remanded the accused to February 1st and 2nd 2021 when they will return for mention of the matter.  

Bunju one of the accused persons couldn't stand on his own in the dock. One of the soldiers manning cells was seen helping him out to stand and walk on crutches. The accused persons were picked up from various places in Wakiso and Kampala districts following protests that broke out shortly after the arrest of the National Unity Platform president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during his campaigns in Luuka district and subsequent detention at Nalufenya Police Station for alleged violation of COVID-19 guidelines. 

Hundreds of people power supporters took to the streets demanding for his immediate release.  About 54 people were gunned down and several injured by security while quelling the protests. This is not the first time NUP supporters are appearing before the Court Martial.

Two weeks ago, another group of 49 people picked from Kalangala district during Kyagulanyi’s campaigns appeared before the same court for illegal possession of ammunition.

The suspects were expected to return to court tomorrow. However, the court has adjourned up to next week. Key of the suspects are Kyagulanyi’s close allies including Edward Sebuufu alias Eddie Mutwe and Ali Bukenya alias Nubian Li among others.