Rwenzururu Top Officials Sent to Katojo Prison

treat geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The charged Rwenzururu officials include Deputy Prime Minister, web Yeremia Mutooro, information pills Veteran Affairs Minister Misairi Mukwenda and Ntoroko District Local Government Information Officer Ibrahim Baluku Sahul, a lecturer Uganda Pentecostal University (UPU) in Fort Portal.

These were among the 60 suspects charged on Friday by the UPDF General Court Martial in connection with the 5th July attacks in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko District.

They were remanded to Katojo Government Prison in Fort Portal till 4th August 2014 when they will re – appear for mention of their cases.

The officials, according to the charge sheet, alongside their 57 co -accused denied all the charges of, “Offences Relating to Security, contrary to Section 130 (1) (f) of the UPDF Act No.7 of 2005, Unlawful Acquisition of Firearms, contrary Section 3 (1) and (2) (a) of the Fire Arms Act Cap 299, Unlawful Acquisition of Ammunition Contrary to Section 3(1),(3) &(4) of the Firearms Act Cap 299 and Offences Relating to Guard Duties contrary to Section 131 (1) of the UPDF Act No.7 of 2005” as preferred by the court.

With Friday’s 60 suspects committed, this brings to 103 the total number of suspects so far charged and entered plea before the court, which has been sitting at the District Headquarters since Tuesday to try 125 suspects.


Friday’s session was a marathon one with 20 suspects bundled together each round and jointly charged, as opposed to groups of 10 in Thursday’s session or individually at the start of the court.

This according to the Court Chairman, Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga and Judge Advocate Lt Col Gideon Katinda, was adopted in the interest of “catching up on time” considering that another 55 suspects, arrested over similar offences in Kasese district are still in Police custody and awaiting the same court to try them.

Asked whether the practice was not contravening court regulations, Lt Col Katinda insisted it was not.

“The suspects are charged with the same offences, what is important is that each of them is given an opportunity to plead to the charges individually,” he explained.

Court resumes Saturday, where it is expected to complete the charging of all the remaining 22 suspects.

Under Section 119 of the UPDF Act No.7 of 2005, persons who are not otherwise subject to military law, are subject to military law once found in unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition or any other military stores that are ordinarily a monopoly of the Defence Forces.

Maj. Ronald Kakurungu, 2nd Division spokesperson, said majority of the attackers were captured by the UPDF after armed attacks on Police and UPDF installations in the districts.

On July 5, assailants armed with pangas and machetes attacked Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo police stations before storming Kanyamirima army barracks.

The security and intelligence force camping in Rwenzori region have attributed the attacks to tribal clashes between the Bakonzo and Bamba.

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