Trial of Suspects Accused of Treachery Flops over Absence of Key Witnesses

The trial in which 23 people are accused of treachery and murder of four police officers from Mityana and Kiboga districts on Tuesday failed to start at the Uganda People’s Defense Forces General Court Martial in Makindye.

The suspects are Issa Kizito alias Commander Muto, Stuart Lugendo, Savio Paul, Julius Mulinda, Muhammad Nyanzi Makumbi, Godfrey Agodri, and Paul Lyamuremye.

Others are Alex Bogere, Bob Robert Ssenyonga, John Masembe, Faizo Miti, Hakim Ssenyonjo, Sylvester Matovu, Derick Kawuma, Tonny Ssekayombya, Sam Sengonzi Lwanga, Tonny Sseguya, Robert Wamala, Joram Gamwosi, Benon Kisekka, Kasim Kibirango Muwanga and Arthur Ndawula.

It is alleged that between November and December 2021, the suspects and others still at large as agents of the Uganda National Coalition, recruited people and attacked security installations for purposes prejudicial to the security of Uganda.

According to the prosecution, the suspects committed the crimes of accused of treachery and murder in Mityana, Kiboga, and Wakiso districts. Court also heard that the accused persons and others still at large on December 7, 2021, while at Ssebobo village in Mityana district caused the death of Corporal Alfred Okech and Police Constable Moses Kigongo and took off with their firearms, each with 30 rounds of ammunition.

When they appeared before the Chairman of the Court Martial, brigadier General Robert Freeman Mugabe, the prosecution led by Lieutenant Alex Mukwana asked the court to adjourn the case to April 4th because the scene of crime officers (SOCO) who are key witnesses were absent.

But the suspects’ lawyer Captain Simon Nsubuga Busagwa said that it is unfair for the case to be adjourned three times.

Brigadier Mugabe ordered the prosecution to produce the key witnesses the next time the matter comes to court. He also objected to Mukwana’s request to adjourn the case to April 4th.

Both the prosecution and defense teams agreed that the case is adjourned to March 15th.

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