Makindye General Court martial chaired by Lt General Andrew Gutti has set free 9 people who were accused of raiding Kabamba Barracks in 2013.
The court on Monday officially accepted the Amnesty certificates which the suspects obtained from Amnesty Commission last month
“Therefore this court having heard from both counsels and addressed its mind to the laws cited by counsel for the accused persons, agrees that they be set free since they have no other charges” ruled the court chairman.
The nine are Nassim Namuzimule aka Hajjati, Ssemwogerere Marvin Kato , Sgt Ndugga Musaazi, Mukiibi Ali, Lumala Salongo, Biyimbwa Herbert , Kiwanuka Francis Kaheru , Matovu Solomon and Kibirige Peter.
Through their lawyers Jude Mbabaali and Ssemwanga Muwaazi and company Advocates, these applied to the amnesty commission denouncing their involvement in all activities against which they were charged.
“We the undersigned persons being accused persons charged with offences relating to security Contrary to section 130(1) of the UPDF Act case number UPDF GCM /024/2014 before this Honorable court , do hereby declare that we have renounced all activities for which we were charged and we hereby apply for amnesty under the provisions of the Amnesty Act” said the Amnesty application letter
Before their application for Amnesty, four of the suspects had pleaded guilty to all the charges against them and being serving army officers, they were set free but dismissed from the army
These included Lt Col Philip Frank Eguma, a senior officer in the regular forces, Captain Hillman Bosco Alepere, a junior officer of regular forces, Lt Ronald Waibi Mwavu , a junior officer and Private Kenneth Sekajja aka Mutume .
State prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha had told court that the suspects with others still at large, between the months of February and May 2013 in the various places of Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka, Luweero and in Nairobi Kenya, consciously omitted to disclose vital information about recruitment of people to engage into activities intended to prejudice the security of the defence forces by attacking the armored warfare barracks in Mubende district.