Court convicts Sejusa aides over coup


Former Gen David Dejusa’s aides in court

The General Court Martial presided over by Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti has convicted former UPDF coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa’s aides for plotting to overthrow government.

The six soldiers include two junior officers attached to elite Special Forces Command, headed by President Yoweri Museveni’s son Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

They are; Lance Corporals Grace Nasasira Rwakyozi, 39, and Geoffrey Mwebaze Karuhanga, 36, attached to SFC’s Task force Battalion and Tank Battalion, Frank Ninsiima who was an operative in Tinyefuza’s office, James Karuhanga Nayebare, Moses Nuwagaba Kakarugahi and Abel Twinamasiko, alias Rubanuma.

According to prosecution, the accused and others still at large, in or around the months of March to May 2013, 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”.

The SFC soldiers [then based in Mityana District], on the other hand, are accused of trying to recruit fellow presidential guards into “subversive activities”.

Court on Tuesday held that prosecution had proved that the convicts held meetings and procured to recruit fellow soldiers into subversive activities to overthrow government.

Gen Gutti said prosecution had proved the charges hence convicting the group on charges of treachery and aiding or abetting commission of offence, which attract a maximum penalty of death.

He asked them to return to court on July 18 for sentencing.

David Mushabe, their lawyer, pleaded with court for lenience saying his clients have been on remand since 2013.

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