The General Court Martial in Makindye has Friday charged a total of 48 National Unity Platform members with alleged possession of rounds of ammunition.
The army court heard from prosecution that the suspects on January 3rd this year at Makerere Kavule in Kigundu zone were “found in unlawful possession of four rounds of ammunition of AK 47; the said ammunition being ordinarily a monopoly of the Defense Forces.”
The suspects include among others Edward Ssebufu alias Eddy Mutwe, the body guard of NUP Presidential candidate Bobi Wine, Musician Ali Buken alias Nubian Li, and journalist William Ntege alias Kyma kya Yesu.
The state notes that while all the accused are civilians, they are subject to military law by virtue of Section 119 of the UPDF Act of 2005.
The suspects were remanded by the army court until January 19 when the case will come up against. This means that the group will miss out on next week’s presidential and parliamentary elections.
The 48 accused persons were part of the 106 NUP supporters who were arrested in Kalangala at the close of last month and charged in a Masaka court for inciting violence and committing an act likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease.
While the rest were granted bail, these were retained in custody and later yesterday transferred from Masaka to the Makindye Military Barracks