Nakawa MP Michael Kabaziguruka and UPDF soldiers have been sent back to prison on remand after their trial hit a dead end on Wednesday.
The 23 suspects including soldiers were produced in the Makindye based General Court Martial presided over by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti on June 28 and remanded to Kigo and Makindye army barracks prisons respectively.
They are; Kabaziguruka include Capt Andrew Ojaa, Cpl Geofrey Idro, Cpl Richard Odama, Cpl Raymond Drachiri, l/Cpl Inyan Godgfrey, Pte Jacob Obua, Pte Christopher Omony, Pte Geofrey Amude, Pte Shafik Masembe and Aip Ferdinand Obulejo.
Others are Rtd Pte Bilal Asuman, Cpl Emmanuel Tibesigwa, Cpl Justine Elwelu, Pte Ibrahim Angola, Pte James Matagi, Pte Lucy Achan, Pte Paul Billy Oguti, Pte James Byamaka, Pte Ambrose Oonyu, Pte Benon Tugume, Rtd Pte Fredrick Namara, Musa Lutwama and Hon. Michael Kabaziguruka.
The accused were charged with offences relating to security and treachery (treason) contrary to section 130 (1) (f) and 129(a) of the Uganda Peoples Defence (UPDF) act of 2005.
They returned to court on Wednesday for further hearing of their case.
Unfortunately, the hearing flopped as the court chairman was absent.
Major John Bizimana, the secretary to the court told press Tuesday the chairman was attending to other official duties.
The case was pushed to July 18 for mention.
Meanwhile, Kabaziguruka has already applied to High Court challenging his trial in the army court since he is a civilian.
“I am objecting to be tried in the Court Martial because I believe this court has no jurisdiction to charge me. I am not a soldier, I have never been a soldier, neither have I ever attended any military training. So, this court has absolutely no right to charge me,” the legislator said in his application.
Through his lawyers of Rwakafuuzi & Co Advocates, Kabaziguruka argues that his right to a free and fair trial will be curtailed because a military court is not legally mandated to try civilians.
He also questions the impartiality of the Makindye-based court on grounds that it takes orders from the Commander in Chief, Yoweri Museveni yet courts are supposed to be impartial.
Treason and offences relating to security carries a maximum penalty of death on conviction.
Prosecution alleges that the accused and others still at large between February and June 2016 at diverse places in Wakiso, Kampala and Luwero districts with intent to prejudice the security or interests of Uganda committed acts of treachery, infiltrate the UPDF and engaged themselves in war like activities against the government.
Prosecution also alleges that the accused and others still at large in the same months and places plotted to overthrow the government by use of force of arms.