Army court frees former Mbabazi aide Katabazi


Makindye military court has dropped charges against a UPDF soldier Pte Emmy Katabazi and released him from prison.

State Prosecutor Lt. Ambrose Baguma asked court to release Katabazi on grounds that the Director of Prosecutions in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces had lost interest in prosecuting the matter.

In March 2016, his counsel Kangye Mugabi abandoned the case citing miscarriage of justice after the soldier was denied bail.

Pte Katabazi, a soldier attached to Internal Security Organization (ISO) was charged with absence without leave and conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline.

His case was being heard by the later General court martial chairman Maj Levi Karuhanga.

Prosecution alleges that between May 21 and 27, 2015, the junior soldier while deployed at ISO headquarters, Nakasero without authority left the place where his duties required him to be and went to diverse places in Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Arua and Yumbe districts.

The state alleges that Pte Katabazi, without proper authorization from the army made public speeches thereby contravening the UPDF rules.

When the soldier reappeared on Monday, the new court martial chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti cleared him of all charges.

Gutti warned Katabazi against making reckless political statements that would put him on the wrong side of the law.

He will also be put under surveillance just incase he forgets himself and engages in criminal acts.

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