Army Court Bans Cameras in Kabamba Case

Makindye Gen Court Martial chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti has banned camera journalists from covering Cpl. Norman Sembatya, buy information pills a prosecution witness in the case where 14 people are accused of attacking Kabamba barracks.

Gen Gutti says the photo and video coverage ban is for security reasons.

“Nobody has banned journalists from attending court, illness they are free to follow the proceedings and carryout all the necessary interviews outside court, rx ” ordered the Chairman. “Information can be disseminated to the public in a number of ways not only with cameras.”

In today’s session, journalists were allowed to sit in court but were ordered to keep their gadgets at the reception.

The Chairman’s ruling was in a response to an application by the defense counsel Fredrick Semwanga who requested court to allow journalists record the proceedings as usual since this was a matter of public interest.

Reporters were earlier in the previous court session barred by Gen Gutting from taking pictures of the witness.

Meanwhile, the army court today discharged Corporal Sembatya, a key prosecution witness, having been on the stand for about two years without being cross examined.

In today’s reexamination conducted by the lead prosecutor Major Raphael Mugisha, Sembatya changed his statement in which he had informed court that he spent all the (exhibit) money he recovered from the accused persons; stating today that he didn’t spend a single coin of it.


Sembatya further blamed a Police officer he only named as Ben who recorded his statement, accusing to misquoting him.

Further hearing of this case was adjourned to 29th November.

The prosecution alleges that the fourteen people and others still at large between the months of February and May 2013 in the various places of Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka, Luweeo and in Nairobi Kenya, consciously omitted to disclose vital information about recruitment of people to engage in activities intended to prejudice the security of the defense forces by attacking the armored warfare barracks in Mubende district.

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