Defense Protests Delay Kabamba Attack Trial

The defense side in the in the case were 14 people are accused of attacking Kabamba Barracks was furious yesterday, stomach after the key witness Lance Corporal Norman Sembatya failed once again to show up for cross examination as Prosecution had promised in the last sitting.

Ssembatya who is the first prosecution witness has been on the stand for almost a year but his cross examination has never been completed as he is always a no show every time defense are ready to cross examine him.

On Monday, treatment the same witness was expected to appear in court but the State Prosecutor Maj. Raphael Mugisha informed court that Sembatya was unwell and asked for another short adjournment.

This was challenged by the defense counsel Fredrick Ssemwanga, demanding that state produces evidence that the witness is sick. The counsel was also angry that the witness has been using the same excuse through the past.

The court chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti thus ordered the prosecution to produce their witness in the next sitting and they in turn promised to produce him next time whether sick or healthy.

The case was adjourned to 10th October 2015 for further hearing.

The 14 accused persons are said to have consciously omitted to disclose vital information to the army
authorities about the recruitment of people to engage into activities intended to prejudice security of defense forces with the preparation to attack armored warfare training school in Kabamba.


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