“Take note that the government of Uganda intends that prosecution against ………charged with belonging to Allied Defense Forces, providing Financial Assistance to terrorism shall not continue,” reads the November 26th, 2019 letter signed by the Chibita.
The Document Withdrawing Charges against Jamil Mukulu's co Accused
Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecution has withdrawn charges against
nine suspects jointly charged with Jamil Mukulu, the leader of the rebel Allied
They are Abdallah Kisembo Mukwata, Adam Din Luwooza, Hamis
Mugoya, Hamuza Lyavaala, Aramathan Musene, Hussein Ndugwa, Faizol
Wata, Hamza Egiyoti and Hamis Takubyaku. The suspects have been
battling charges of belonging to ADF, a terror organization
and providing financial assistance for terror activities.
this morning, prosecution led by State Attorney, Jacqueline Okwi presented
a letter from Justice Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecution to
Justice, Jane Persis Kiggundu in the High Court International Crimes Division withdrawing
note that the government of Uganda intends that prosecution against ………charged
with belonging to Allied Defense Forces, providing Financial Assistance to terrorism
shall not continue,” reads the November 26th, 2019 letter signed by
however, didn’t specific the reasons for dropping the charges against the
suspects who has spent six years on remand. The defense lawyers led by Kamala
Kafuuzi asked court to order for the compensation of the suspects, arguing that
the DPP in actual sense is saying that he maliciously prosecuted his
are asking this court to order for compensation. My Lord it's not nice to be
accused of being a terrorist", said Kafuuzi with emotions. The judge
agreed to drop the charges in line with Chibita’s lawyers but declined to order
for compensation, saying the request was made before the wrong court.
Although the two charges
have been withdrawn, Adam Din Luwooza may not
regain his freedom because he is still jointly charged with Mukulu and 36
others for crimes against humanity, murder and terrorism among others. The
remaining suspects were still waiting to sign their discharge forms by the time
we published this story.
the Suspects Ended up in Court
They were picked up by
security for their alleged involvement in terror activities. Prosecution alleged that in June 2014 at various places in
Uganda, Kenya and DRC, the accused provided financial assistance to members of ADF,
a terror group well knowing that the said assistance was meant to finance
A summary of the case
seen by URN, shows that Egiyoti Hamuza
accompanied Yusuf Ahmed Hilal to Kenya Commercial Bank, Busia Branch
where they sent USD 2500 (Shillings 9.2million) to Abdallah Kisembo
who was in Beni , DRC.
Prosecution also alleged that in early 2014, Kisembo
used to buy gold from Mubende gold mines where he mobilized some of the accused
persons who were previously gold miners and convinced them to travel to Mambasa
in DRC for training in ADF camps.
suspects were reportedly recruited under the pretext of mining in DRC under
better terms and wages.
According to the court
records, some of the suspects were intercepted
by Congolese Military Intelligence, which handed them over to the Chieftaincy
of Military Intelligence in Uganda in 2014. Others were arrested from Rakai and
Bugiri Districts in Uganda. The group was committed for trial before a
Panel of three Judges in September, 2019, which is yet to be constituted.