Gen.Gutti sworn in for his third term

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The Army court judge advocate Lt. Col Gideon Katinda has for the third time sworn in Lt. Gen.Andrew Gutti as the general court martial chairman.

In July 2017, Gutti was sworn in for the second time after taking after he was appointed by President Museveni as the army court chair for the second time following his first appointment in 2016 when the then, court chair Gen.Levi Karuhanga suddenly past on.

In may this year, the general court Martial went into recess after his three term expired until in June this year when President Museveni re- appointed him for another term.

He was re- appointed with other seven reserve members and officers of the court.

The newly appointees will begin work with over 300(350) cases that have stalled since the court went into recess .

The re-appointed officers of the court include Maj General Joseph Arocha, Lt Colonel Medard Bagambe, Captain Wilfred Karugwara, Lt Faridah Amooti Kiiza, Warrant Officer, Chrysostom John Kisembo, Colonel Richard Tukacungurwa, while Judge Advocate,Lt Col Raphael Mugisha was also re-appointed as the Lead Prosecutor, Major Samuel Masereje and Captain AB Katushabe were re-appointed as alternate prosecutors and Maj Major John Bizimana as the Secretary, and Major Kamanda Silas Mutungi as the Defense Counsel.

Meanwhile the re- appointed reserve officers include Brigadier George Etyang, Lt Col Henry Nevatone, Lt Col Sadler Katono, Lt Col Lydia Nandundu Lt Henry Bunalema, Lt Fatuma Njutti and Warrant Officer Paul Katende.

Those who were kicked out include Colonel James Rubahika, Lt Colonel Henry Serugo, Lt Colonel and Frank Tumwesigye while Major Sarah Navuga, Major. DM Karyabashisha, Captain Teopista Grama Opar and Captain Paul Mugerwa were also dropped.

The army court is a military court or a trial conducted in such a court and is empowered to determine the guilt of members of the armes forces subject to military law and sentences them accordingly if found guilty or try prisoners of war for war crimes and anyone who is on trial war crimes or try civilians who violate martial law.

The General Court Martial is established under the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces Act, 2005.

Some of the civilians who have been tried and convicted by the army court include NRM bodaboda 2010 patron Abdullah Kitata who is serving 8 years in prison after he was found with a gun, bullets and arm uniforms that are a monopoly of the army.

Court to summarize evidence against Kitata, judgement set for 6th

Traders around Qualicel bus terminal and Nabukera Plaza along Nabugabo road in down town Kampala have today once again closed there shops after the land Lords of the two buildings decided to cut off the electricity .

According to one of the traders Joel kakembo who narrates that , “we decided to close the buildings because our land Lords decided to cut off power giving reasons that we have not paid power for quite some time yet we do , so we didn’t see any reason of working on the dark hence closing the
whole building until the issue is resolved “.
Kakembo insisted that the electrician of the current administration of Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu removed the meters we have used to clear the power bills.
This has Prompted Hon. Member of Parliament for Kampala Muhammad Nsereko to intervene and caution Government and KCCA to put up accounts which will help stop such issues from rising up again, he later also warned in the Presence of Anti riot Police and military police that this issues might cause disorder in the city if not hundled well .
The trader who were angry and anxious wanted also to know who is the rightful owner of two buildings and emplored court to have a firm decision on the matter soon .
It should be noted that this confusion has come after the death of Charles Muhangi who was the owner of the two buildings after court’s decision. Last month Police guided by the letter from Police Director Legal Erasmus Twarukuhwa directed that Drake Lubega and Yanga Matovu could take back ownership of the buildings , a decision that has left traders in disarray.
After receiving the letter, the DPC central police station ( CPS) Ronald Wotwali led the team of police officers and military police to help in implementing the order of helping Drake Lubega, and young to gain owner ship of the buildings from the administration of late Charles Muhangi who insisted from leaving the building until they over powered them.
It also comes after police Spent the whole of yesterday afternoon battling with traders after they had decided to close their shops in Protest of double payment of rent.
The traders wondered how the wrangles around the owner ship of the Qualicel bus terminal and Nabukera plaza will end as they continue to close their shop for the second day.
This follows a directive from the two current Tycoons Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young to pay 5 month worth of rent arleady paid to the late Charles Muhangi when he was running the property.
The traders were holding placards, singing a song praising the administration of the late Charles Muhangi, while others were burning car tyres in the middle of the road and also stoning police forced them to answer with teargas and live bullets.
The angry traders were complaining double payment of the rent which brings confusion down town Kampala.
Traders further adds that they paid the rent of four month to the late Charles Muhangi, but the current landlord Drake Lubega and Young Matovu insisted wanted them to pay again.
The two buildings has been a source of dispute for nearly 15 year’s after Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu claimed owner ship against former rally ace the late Charles Muhangi.
Last year president Museveni meet with three Tycoons over the owner ship of the two buildings Qualicel bus terminal, and Nabukera plaza and promised to settle the disagreement
Muhangi died last year a few weeks after court had ruled in his favour as the right full ownership of the terminal.

Kayihura’s case further adjourned

By Sania Babirye

The former Inspector General of police Gen. Kale Kayihura has today reported before the General court martial office of the registry in fulfillment of one of his bail conditions. General Kaihura was granted bail in August 2018 but the army court chaired byLt. Gen Andrew Gutti ordered him to report before court every Monday of every new month for his bail revision and extension.

Despite his appearance, General Kayihura will have wait a little longer for his trial to commence since no date has yet been set for his case because prosecutions is still investigating.

Mention of his case has further been adjourned to the 4th of February 2019.

Kaihura however avoided the media and used a secret entrance and heading straight to the office of the chairman before being whisked off again in a Ministry of Defence vehicle with an escort car .

On the 24th of August, Gen.Kaihura was formerly arraigned and charged after spending 76 days in detention at Makindye military barracks.
He pleaded not guilty to three counts relating to failure to protect war materials and aiding/abetting kidnapping of Rwandan Refugees in Uganda.
He was however granted bail on the 28th of the same month and ordered to report back to court today.
Prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha states that between the years 2010 and 2018, Gen Kayihura allowed the issue of arms and ammunition to Boda-Boda 2010 patron Abdullah Kitatta , a person unauthorized to own a firearm.

In the second account Kayihura is charged with failing to supervise and ensure accountability for arms and ammunition he issued to specialized units under the office of IGP including Flying squad unit, specialized operations unit, witness protection unit and the Crime Intelligence Directorate of the police .

The Gen.Kayihura was also charged with aiding and abetting his junior soldiers to kidnap 3 Rwandan exiles , refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda. These are ; Lt. Joel Mutabaazi, Jackson Kaleemera and Sgt Innocent Kaliisa.

Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti who chairs the army court however released Gen.Kayihura on bail with strict conditions including restricting his movements to only Kampala and Wakiso districts.

He presented three sureties including including the deputy commandant of Land forced Maj. General Samuel Kavuma, Maj. General James Mugira who is the managing director of National Enterprises and the Entebbe Municipality member of parliament and also his cousin Rosemary Tumusiime.

He was ordered to not fly out of the country without the permission of the army court and report before the court registra once every month or failure to do so have his bail reversed.