The trial of six soldiers, including two junior officers of the Special Forces Command, who are charged with an alleged plot to overthrow the government, yesterday failed to kick off due to lack of quorum at the court martial.
The other suspects are four men who worked in various capacities in the Office of the Coordinator of Intelligence Services headed by renegade Gen David Sejusa, who is in exile.
The group appeared before the General Court Martial at Makindye chaired by Brig Moses Ddiba Ssentogo for hearing of prosecution witnesses’ testimonies but the court was not fully constituted. They were remanded until April 3 for hearing.
The accused include: Frank Ninsiima, a former operative in Gen Sejusa’s office, James Karuhanga Nayebare, a soldier and businessman, Abel Twinamatsiko and Moses Nuwagaba Kakarugahi.
They are accused of treachery as well as aiding and abetting a crime. Treachery attracts the death sentence on conviction.
Those charged with treachery are Pte Ninsiima, LCpl Grace Nasasira Rwakyozi, and Geoffrey Mwebaze Karuhanga, who are attached to Special Forces Command.
Prosecution alleges that the trio and others still at large, in or around the months of March to May, and while in the areas of Mityana and Kampala, “consciously failed to disclose to proper authorities vital information about the recruitment of people to engage into activities intended to overthrow the legitimate government of Uganda”.
Previously, court heard that the four who worked in Gen Sejusa’s office recruited soldiers to overthrow the government.