City Abductors Arrested, Charged in Army Court

The General Court Martial on Saturday charged five men who are said to have been involved in the gruesome arrest of an opposition politician on Thursday afternoon.

The men, now in military detention were filmed gun butting and dragging the victim, Yusuf Kawooya in the tarmac before bundling him in a commuter van and driving off.

The Deputy Army spokesman Lt Deo Akiiki on Saturday evening released several photos of the court proceeding, and a brief statement confirming the arrest and arraignment of the suspects.

The army mouthpiece named one of the suspects as Corporal Daniel Ssenkungu, who together with his colleagues, he said were “made to attorn  for their mischief.”

Akiiki was also apologetic on behalf of the UPDF.

“This is to regret this unfortunate incident and to assure the public that such conduct is unacceptable and anyone who breaks the law will be held to account.”

The arrest came as a relief to several Ugandans who had expressed outrage over the callousness and impunity exhibited by the armed men.

“I thank the leadership of the UPDF for tracing and bringing to book those characters,” said ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze.

The suspects before court

“I insist those fellows must be enemy-collaborators plotting within to tarnish the name of the NRM and give credence to anti-govt propaganda.”

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