Arua treason suspect re arrested

By Sania Babirye
One of the suspects charged with Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi and 32 others has been re-arrested by security operatives.

Ssenyange Musa ishas been arrested by police immediately after the case being adjourned to the 4th of July by Gulu grade one magistrate Issac Kintu.

He is said to be driver of the grader that was confiscated during the arrest of the suspects in Arua in August 2018.

He was whisked and dragged in a Toyota Premo No.UBE 128F and his were about is still unknown.

Ssenyange had appeared together with all his co accussed including Mike Mabike, Bobi Wine, Gerald Karuhanga, Kasiano Wadri, Francis Zaake and paul Mwiru and others before Gulu Magistrate court for further mentioning of their case..

These have asked court to dismiss the treason charges against them on grounds that they were tortured and hence the charges can not be sustained per the constitution of Uganda.

These argue that once a suspect or an accused person is tortured then charges can not be sustained against them.

These further states that if court does not dismiss or discontinue the charges against them, then the cade should be referred to the constitutional court for further interpretation.

These have also asked court to have their properties that were confiscated by police in Arua as exhibits including Watches, Phones and cars among other items returned to them.

Court has now given state 30 days to make sure that the accuser’s properties are returned to them.

However state says that they are ready with evidence that can sustain the said charges against the accused.

The court will rule on the said matter on the 4th of July 2019.

These are accused of stoning one of President Museveni’s Vehicle on the 15th of August during campaigns in the Arua by elections.

Bobi Wine’s body guard to be charged with treason

By Sania Babirye
Government has finally admitted to have in custody the missing Robert Kyagulanyi’s bodyguard, Eddie Mutwe.
While appearing before high court judge , Justice Musa Sekaana,  the Attorney General’s representative Peter Tusubiira informed court that Eddy Sebuufu also known as Eddie Mutwe is in the arms of the army  but will be soon transported to Gulu high court to be charged with treason.
Mutwe will join the rest of the 34 suspects including Hon.Bobiwine, Paul Mwiru, Francis Zaake among others to be charged in connection with the alleged stoning of presidential motorcade during the  by elections in Arua Municipality to feel the seat that was occupied by the late NRM Ibrahim Abiriga.
On the 30th of August this year, Kampala High court Judge Musa Sekaana issued an order directing the  Chief of Defense forces  Gen. David Muhoozi and the Chieftancy of Military Intelligence (CMI) to unconditionally release Eddy Sebuufu also known as Eddie Mutwe.
On the 28th of this month, following Mutwe’s mysterious disappearance  his lawyer Anthony Kusingura petitioned the high court civil division seeking orders to have him immediately released or produced in a competent court to be formally charged of any crime commited.
Justice  Sekaana accepted and  concluded hearing  a habeas corpus application by   Kusingura who told court that security agencies are holding  his client  in  communicado after arresting   from Ssemakokiro plaza in Kamwokya within Kampala city .
According to  Kusingura, Mutwe is being  held illegally beyond the mandatory 48 hours without being produced in court for formal charging.
Justice Sekaana then  ordered  the CDF and CMI  to produce him in court or unconditionally release him  not later than the 4th of September this year.
The order was issued in the absence of any representative from the CDF or CM to clarify on were Mutwe is being held.
 Mutwe is believed to have been allegedly arrested by security personnel from the military on the the 25th of this month  from Ssemakokiro plaza in Kamwokya a Kampala suburb and taken to unknown detention.

However security operatives first  denied to have him in their detention before finally accepting to have him.

Four people charged with treason apply for bail.

By Sania Babirye

Four people out of the 14 suspects charged with treason following a failed attack on Kabamba and Karama military barracks have applied for the second time to be granted bail by the army court sitting in Makindye pending their trial.

Lt Col Philip Eguma, Kiwanuka Francis, Kibirige Peter and Kibuuka Patrick through their lawyer Fredrick Semwanga the four suspects want to be temporarily released on grounds that bail is their constitutional right, since they are innocent until proven guilty. They also claim to be responsible citizen who will not abscond once granted bail.

Prosecution led by Major Raphael Mugisha has asked the General court martial chairperson Lieutenant General Andrew Gutti to give him ample time for preparation.

The accused were denied bail in September 2015 because they were facing charges related to national security and had no exceptional grounds to justify their need for bail.

In October 2014 one of the suspects Captain John Bosco Lutwama died while on remand in Makindye military police prison.

It’s alleged that the suspects consciously omitted to disclose vital information to the military authorities about the recruitment of people to engage into activities that were prejudice to the security of UPDF.

They are also accused of engaging in preparations to attack Armored Warfare Training School (AWTS) in Mubende district.

They committed the alleged crimes between September 2013 and May 2014 in various districts in Uganda and Nairobi Kenya.

The case has been adjourned to the 19th of April 2017.

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Besigye vows not to return to court for the treason case mention

By Sania Babirye
Former FDC presidential Candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye says he will petition the constitutional court seeking orders to halt treason charges against him before the Nakawa court.
This follows failure by the DPP to commit Besigye to the high court for trial since May 2016 when he was arrested and charged with treason . Besigye was charged after a video clip  emerged of him taking oath of Presidency months after the February elections.
Prosecution asked for more time to complete investigation of the case which is still ongoing so that Besigye can be committed for trial. Besigye today appeared before Nakawa chief magistrate Noah Ssajabi and  vowed not to return back to Nakawa court for mention of the same case.The case has been adjourned to the 27th of February for further mention.