State Warned on Delayed Trial in Kabamba Attack Suspects

Hearing of the case before Makindye General Court Martial where 14 people are accused of attacking the Kabamba Barracks in 2013, page did not take place today as scheduled after the state witnesses failed to appear in court.

The 14 are said in September 2013, to have conspicuously omitted to disclose vital information to the army authorities about the recruitment of people to engage into activities to prejudice the security of the UPDF and preparations to attack Armored Warfare Training School in Mityana.

In this two year old case, prosecution has only produced two witnesses who are still on stand because they have never finalized with their testimony in court.

The 14 accused persons today appeared before court ready for the further hearing of their case, only to be told by the lead state Prosecutor Maj. Raphael Mugisha that the two witnesses are not in court because he had received information that Defense Counsel Fredrick Ssemwanga was not going to be in court today.

This caused tension as the defense council demanded that Mugisha apologizes for telling lies in court, as he had never made such communication to anyone.

“The state’s actions are leading to a total abuse of human rights because in a period of more than2 years my clients have spent on remand, only two witnesses have testified and their evidence is incomplete,” submitted Ssemwanga

Ssemwanga further asked court to give them a short adjournment of one week to enable them file a formal bail application for his clients since bail is one of their constitutional rights.

Court Martial Chairman adjourned the matter to 8th August for further hearing of the matter.

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