2 UPDF Soldiers in Kabaziguruka Case Promoted While in Detention

Two UPDF soldiers who are jointly charged with Nakawa Municipality MP Micheal Kabaziguruka on treachery charges before the General Court Martial have been promoted to higher ranks.

Cpl. Richard Odama and Lance Cpl. Godfrey Inyani attained new ranks of Sargent gt. and Corporal respectively while in detention at Makindye military barracks.

The two promotions prompted the General Court Martial to adjourn the case to the 16th August to enable  state amend the charge sheet in order to address the accused by their new ranks.

Nakawa MP Hon Michael Kabaziguruka arriving at court today
Nakawa MP Hon Michael Kabaziguruka arriving at court today

Sgt. Odama, about it  Cpl. Inyani and MP Kabaziguruka are among the 24 people who appeared in the army court this morning for mention of their cases that include contriving a plot to overthrow government by use of fire arms.

The state also charged the accused persons with offences relating to security, information pills alleging that between February and June 2016 in districts of Wakiso Kampala and Luweero, they engaged themselves in war-like activities with an intention to jeopardize the security of the defense forces.

Today, the court chairman Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti faced a difficult time as some of the accused refused to be represented by Maj. Patra Usha, a lawyer provided by government saying they preferred to be defended by their previous lawyer Maj. Hiduli who is on transfer.

Some accused persons refused to be addressed by their force numbers saying that they either retired from the army or were dismissed with disgrace while as others like Kabazigiruka entirely declined  representation on grounds that they don’t subscribe to the jurisdiction of the General Court Martial.

Miltary Police Spokesperson Maj. Birungi chats with Counsel Lubega Segona and FDC's Harold Kaija


Kabaziguruka who entered court flashing a V sign with a constitution in his hands informed court that in the meantime he will be representing himself in court.

“I can’t appoint a counsel in this court whose jurisdiction am challenging, for a mean time i am ready to represent myself,” Kabaziguruka submitted.

However, the prosecution team led by Maj. Raphael Mugisha asked for only 2 weeks within which to complete its investigations and try the accused.

Before the court started the Military court spokesperson Maj. Birungi found a hard time with Busiro East MP Hon Medard Ssegona who was asking why his colleague Hon Kabaziguruka was not in court in the time allocated by court.

However Maj Birungi provided him with a lengthy explanation concerning the delay.


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