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NUP supporters no show in army court due to red-eye disease

FILE NUP supporters in the army court dock earlier

FILE NUP supporters in the army court dock earlier

At least 8 out of 32 National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters facing trial in the General Court Martial in Makindye have been infected by red eye disease. 

The accused are charged with unlawful possession of explosive devices and on Monday were expected to return to court for the prosecution to present additional witnesses. However, during the roll call before the court, presided over by a seven-member panel led by chairperson Brig Robert Mugabe, some of the accused individuals were absent.

The suspects are Rashid Segujja, Abdu Matovu, Sharif Kalanzi, Musa Kavuma, Jimmy Galukande, Paul Muwanguzi, Sharif Matovu, and Livingston Katushabe. Prison officials informed court that the suspects could not appear in court on Monday because they were undergoing treatment for the contagious eye disease. Journalists were not allowed to access the court premises.

Our reporter has learned from sources that there is a standing order preventing prisoners with the contagious red-eye disease from being taken to court. Initially, the accused were a group of 32 people, but four were granted bail last month, leaving 28 on trial. The remaining suspects have made two unsuccessful bail applications since then.

The accused were arrested by Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) operatives after the police accused them of plotting petrol bomb attacks targeting government vehicles and buildings across the country. 

Police claimed that the suspects masterminded attacks on Kasubi Royal Tombs, former Jinja resident city commissioner Eric Sakwa in Nakulabye, Uganda Registration Services Bureau, and Katwe police station, among others. They were reportedly planning to block President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni from being sworn in for his sixth term of office. 

The prosecution had lined up Sakwa as one of the witnesses to testify on Monday. In 2021, the Constitutional court, in a 3-2 judgment, ruled that it was illegal to try civilians in military courts and ordered that existing cases and trials be transferred to civilian courts.

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+2 #1 Apuuli Kibeteke 2024-05-28 09:30
In the opinion of many, this is not very news worthy.. Why not report on Ugandan thieves who are stealing government money on an industrial scale and killing the country in the process- unbeknownst to those in positions of power?

It is a completely fantastic level of stupidity that a man holding a position of power in this country can be found red-handed with stolen government iron sheets he has used on his goats house and he is left scot free continuing to transact important financial business for the country... No sane country can trust him.
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0 #2 Akot 2024-05-29 13:31
Apuuli Kibeteke, thanks.

But don't forget; Uganda is not a country any more but Rwandese Museveni's family business! Just like Sudanese Idi Amin, Museveni has nothing to lose & will loot, steal...as long as Ugandans keep him in power!

Has even NUP leader come out to support, help those supporters, ensured they get medical help?
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