Judge Cautions Defense Lawyer in Kabamba Attack Case

The Puranga Bridge on Aswa River has crumbled, about it cutting off the road that connects three districts in Acholi Sub region to Lira.

The Bridge collapsed on Tuesday evening around 9pm when a heavy trailer carrying hundreds of bags of cement from Lira district to Pader tried to cross it.

According to eye witnesses and pictures from the scene, unhealthy the heavy trailer was submerged in the water with its load.

The bridge connects Pader, Agago and Kitgum districts to Lira and therefore Kampala and the central region.

Speaking to ChimpReports on phone on Wednesday, the Aruu county Member of Parliament Samuel Odonga Otto whose constituency is in Pader district said the “life” route for three districts has been cut off as there isn’t an alternative route.

“Our life route that serves lucrative and basic passage for unimaginable districts unfortunately collapsed last night. It connects my constituency, my district and two other surrounding districts to Lira,” Otto said on phone.

Area MP Odonga Otoo said government should hurry to restore the broken bridge
Area MP Odonga Otoo said government should hurry to restore the broken bridge

Otto called for immediate intervention from the government to arrest the unavoidable scarcity of goods in the three districts if the bridge in not fixed.

“Government should make this tragedy the first disaster priority at the moment. An urgent action needs to be taken to save the people from the sky rocketing prices also affected by the approaching Christmas season,” Otto said.


The efforts to get a comment from the minister of Disaster and Preparedness, Hilary Onek and his deputy Musa Ecweru were futile as they did not pick our repetitive phone calls.

Makindye General court martial Chairman Major Levi Karuhanga  has warned the defense side in the case where  14 people are accused of participating in plans to attack Kabamba Barracks, here to cease delaying trial of this case.

This followed defense counsel Jude Mbabaali’s failure to turn up today for further hearing of this case.

In his apology through fellow lawyer Major Ronald Iduuli, Mbabaali informed that he was handling an emergency matter in the Supreme Court at the same time the case is to proceed.

Lead prosecutor Major Fredrick Kangwamu in response asked court not to consider defense’s request for adjournment because, information pills terming this as defense’s delaying tactic for the case which the state is willing to finalize.

General Court Martial’s Judge Advocate Lt Col Gideon Katinda revealed these adjournments resulting from the defense side’s lack of seriousness not only tarnish the image of court in the public but also affects the accused who have spent long on remand.

“These delays are damaging the relationship between the state and the accused because since they are on Remand, they can’t blame the delays on their lawyer but they and the public blame this on court and its members,” Katinda stressed.

Court Martial chairman Maj. General Levi Karuhanga ordered the accused to inform their counsel to be present in court on November 10, 2015 when the hearing of this matter resumes.

“In the next sitting the court will have to proceed and if your lawyer does not show up, it will be your right to get another counsel to represent you in court” ruled Karuhanga.

The  fourteen  accused, on remand are Captain Hilman Bosco, Lt Paul Eguma, Lt Ronald Mwavu,Private Sekajja Keneth, Hajjati Nassim  Namuzimule, Semwogerere Marvin,Mukiibi Ali,Lumala Salongo,Biyimbwa
Herbert, Kiwanuka Francis,Kibirige Peter,Kibuuka Peter, Kibuuka Patrick, Matovu Solomon and Sgt Ndugga Musaazi.

These were charged with treason for allegedly trying to overthrow the current government when they consciously omitted to disclose vital information to the army authorities about the recruitment of people to engage into activities to prejudice the security of UPDF and preparations to attack Kabamba armored warfare school in Mubende district.


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