Makindye Court Martial Pardons Jail Break Convict

Presidential Candidate Amama Mbabazi’s Go Forward group appears to be on fire with almost daily defections to President Yoweri Museveni’s camp, approved Chimp Corps report.

Just a day after over 100 staff from Go Forward Secretariat in Nakasero Kampala crossed to Museveni’s camp; the Kibaale Go Forward taskforce charged with mobilisation for Mbabazi’s presidential candidature has also joined the NRM candidate.

The Kibaale Go forward Taskforce leaders pledged their alliance to President Museveni at a meeting held at State House Entebbe at around midnight on Monday.

The delegation comprised head of publicity Peter Katusabe Junior and Matia Musoke Abyora (treasurer) among others.

The rest of the Kibaale delegation included Pentecostal church pastors, a DP district mobiliser and women groups.

Speaking to president Museveni, the group told him they had been left behind in terms of service delivery, jobs and infrastructural development.

The group said it embraced Go Forward candidate Amama Mbabazi after properly articulating and promising to deal with their concerns.

In his response, Museveni assured the delegation that NRM government has worked on security and the next priority is wealth creation, job creation, infrastructure development, improving the quality of education and healthcare.


However, he challenged the youth to be more innovative and tap into Youth Funds to create jobs instead of being job seekers.

After the discussion with Museveni, the Kibaale Go Forward Taskforce pledged to mobilise votes for his 2016 presidential bid.

Contacted, Abyola confirmed the State House meeting, saying the delegation told Museveni he should as well fulfil his pledges of tarmacking Mubende-Kagadi-Ndaiga road and improve the quality of public services in Bunyoro.

He defended attending statehouse meeting saying the president called them for an ideological discussion.

”President Museveni called us after intelligence told him that Mbabazi has support in Kibaale,” said Abyola, adding, “We agreed to work together.”
The Makindye General Court Martial has pardoned Lt. Swaleh Aramathan who has been facing  a twenty months imprisonment handed to him by Kanywamwirima Barracks Division court after he was convicted of escape from custody.

The court reduced the twenty months imprisonment to twelve months detention.

On December 4, advice 2014 while at Kanyamwirima Barracks in Bundibugyo district, link Swaleh was arrested and detained at the unit quarter guard for drunkenness but while in detention he escaped from custody to frustrate the planned medical test.

He was later rearrested and charged with drunkenness and escape from lawful custody, here but later prosecution withdrew the first charge and thus court convicted him on his plea of escape from lawful custody, thereby sentencing him to twenty months imprisonment.

However, Swaleh was not satisfied with this ruling and through his lawyers he appealed to the General court martial on grounds that the twenty months sentence was harsh and excessive since he was a first offender who had pleaded guilty as a sign of remorsefulness.

State prosecution on its side submitted that Swaleh’s escape from lawful detention was intended to frustrate the medical test thus making him a dishonest officer. It also the faulted the appellant who is a Muslim for taking alcohol which violates the Moslem code of conduct.

The General Court martial Chairman Maj. General Levi Karuhanga in his judgment reduced the twenty months imprisonment to twelve months on grounds that the accused was a first offender who pleaded guilty of the charge against him and that courts of law don’t award first offenders long imprisonment sentences unless compelled by circumstances which were not anywhere in this case.

“In our judgment we think the sentence of twenty months detention awarded by the trial court was rather excessive. In the result we substitute the twenty months detention with twelve months detention.

The sentence will be reckoned from the date of the trial court sentence. We so rule” Karuhanga remarked

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