Tuesday August 26 2014

Eight people committed to High Court over treason


KAMPALA- Buganda Road Magistrates Court yesterday committed eight people to the High Court to stand trial over charges of treason.

The eight included; Mr Abel Kazoora a retired UPDF soldier, Boniface Mumbere a development analyst, Mr Didas Atunga a peasant farmer, Mr Aggrey Byamukama a pharmacist, Mr Simon Mwesigye a builder, Mr Esau Tugumisirize a businessman, Mr Okello Augustine a journalist and Mr Malon Agotre a peasant farmer.

Chief Magistrate, Ms Lillian Bucyana committed the suspects to High Court for trial, since her court does not have the powers to try capital offences that are punishable by maximum penalty of death upon conviction.

The committal to stand trial over two counts including treason and concealment of treason was prompted by state attorney, Lillian Omara, who informed court that they had concluded investigations.

Prosecution alleges that between October 2006 and May 2011 in the districts of Kampala, Bushenyi, Kasese, Wakiso, Mbarara, Ntungamo and among others, the suspects contrived a plot to over throw the government by use of arms.

They suspects allegedly did this by conducting recruitment, mobilising logistic support and intelligence information to Uganda Peoples Freedom Front and Force for Constitutional Change in Uganda, two rebel organisations in Uganda.