Chibita drops treason charges against Muslim suspects

By Sania Babirye
The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita has dropped Treason charges against 19 Muslim suspects who have been on remanded  at Luzira prison since 2014.
According to a withdrawal letter dated 23rd/March 2018 the DPP says he is no longer interested in prosecuting the suspects and asked presiding High court judge Wilson Masalu Musene to set them free.
While presenting this letter to court Monday morning, state prosecutor Thomas Jatiko dispelled fears that the suspects will be re-arrested soon after release.
He described such fears as mere speculations from the defense team.
Even after listening to the testimony of 9 witnesses, Justice Masalu has  no option but to  discharge the suspects . The 19 suspects include  a woman Aisha Nakasibante  also an in-law to Ugandan  Austrian based cardiologist Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi .They have been facing two counts of treason and concealment of treason.
Prosecution had alleged that they contrived a plot to over throw the government of Uganda by use of firearms   between years;   2013 and 2015 at various places in Uganda, Dubai, Kenya and Tanzania.
Prosecution further stated that the accused expressed this plot through utterances, recruitment and training of rebels, acquiring satellite mobile phones for communication, motorcycles and vehicles for transport and also rented houses to act as safe houses to accomplish their mission.