The Uganda Police Force says the accused plotted to carry out petrol bomb attacks targeting government vehicles and buildings in various places in the country towards the swearing in ceremony of president Museveni in May 2021.
Some of the NUP Supporters facing trial in the General Court Martial in Makindye.
The Army Prosecutor Lt Col Raphael
Mugisha has asked the General Court Martial in Makindye to give him extra time to
present more witnesses in the case in which 32 supporters of National Unity
Platform are accused of being in unlawful possession of explosive devices.
Mugisha told the Court presided over
by the Chairperson Lt General Andrew Gutti on Monday that the witness he wanted
to bring today has been assigned other official duties and as such he was
unable to make it.
He thus asked for an
adjournment which was granted up to June 6th 2022.
The suspects who were represented by lawyers led
by George Musisi have also continued with their bail application and brought relatives
to stand for them surety and on the next session, they will continue hearing
the bail application by bringing more sureties.
The suspects are:
Ssekitoleko alias Machete, Robert Christopher Rugumayo, Ronald Mayiga, Muhydin Kakooza,
Swaibu Kataabi, Patrick Mwase, Simon Kijambo, Abdu Matovu, Richard Nyombi, Olivia
Lutaaya, Ronald Kijambo, Sharif Kalanzi, Joseph Muwonge, Mesach Kiwanuka,
Abdalla Kintu, Umar Emma Kato and Musa Kavuma.
accused persons are Ibrahim Wandera, Asbert Nagwere, Steven Musakulu, Jimmy
Galukande, Paul Muwanguzi, Kenneth Kamanya, Sharif Matovu, Shafiq Ngobi, Davis
Mafabi, Abdallah Hakim Gibusiwa, Livingstone Katushabe Kigozi, Obalai Siraji
Mudebo, Joseph Muganza and Stanley Lwanga.
prosecutors allege that the group and others still at large were
found in illegal possession of 13 pieces of explosive devices which are
ordinarily the monopoly of the defense forces.
According to the Prosecutors, the crime was committed between November 2020 and
May 2021 in areas of Jinja, Mbale, Kireka, Nakulabye, Kawempe, Natete and
persons were arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence after the Uganda
Police Force accused them of plotting to carry out petrol bomb attacks
targeting government vehicles and buildings in various places in the country. This was towards the swearing in ceremony of president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
in May 2021 whom the State alleges that they were protesting his election and
had planned to fail his oath taking.
claimed that the suspects masterminded attacks on Kasubi Royal Tombs, on former
Jinja Resident City Commissioner Eric Sakwa in Nakulabye, on Uganda
Registration Services Bureau and on Katwe police station among others.
But the suspects
who are still on remand at Kitalya and Luzira prisons denied the
charges and are applying for bail in shifts.
of the suspects Muhydin Kakooza who was convicted of contempt of court and last
month attempted to jump from the dock to attack the court officials has today been brought in court with his both
legs shackled with a chain.
Kakooza is both serving his eight months’
sentence for contempt of court and is also remand at Luzira prison for the charges he is jointly charged with 31 others.