Eight Kisenyi al-Shabaab terror suspects have been further remanded to Luzira Prison after being committed to High Court for trial.
The suspects who include seven Somalis and one Kenyan are; Mohamed Abdulkdir, 31, Abdi Abdullahi Bootan, 26, Hassan Abduwali Mohamoud, 25, Mohammed Ahmed Gele, 28, Yusufu Osman Hussein, 29, Abdi Mohamed, 29, and Abdul Kadir, 24. The Kenyan national is Mohamed Yusuf Farah, 31.
They were originally ten in number but Buganda Road Court Magistrate, Pamela Ocaya, in January 2015 discharged Yasimin Abdullahi, 20 and Hodan Ahmed, 23 following a letter from the DDP presented by State attorney, Edward Muhumuza indicating that the state had lost interest in the case against the two.
They are charged with the offence of belonging to a terrorist organisation contrary to Section 11(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2002.
The remaining eight were today, according to committal papers presented by state prosecutor Esther Narungi, committed to the High Court for trial by
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mike Chibita, will also adduce evidence that the accused were in contact with Al Shabaab militants.
It is said that at the time of their arrest, police secured three phones they used to communicate with Al Shabaab commander, Mohammed Adam.
According to police intelligence, the suspects were to first bomb Kampala and Entebbe.
They were, however, arrested in September 2014 in Kisenyi, a city suburb, before they could carry out their plan.
They were taken to court to answer charges of aiding and abetting terrorism and an alternative count of belonging to a terrorist organization.
The case has been at Buganda Road Magistrates’ Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Pamela Lamunu Ocaya.
The Magistrate’s Court only has powers to mention such cases during which suspects are informed of the progress of the investigations.
The committal papers containing the indictment are then forwarded to the High Court which has jurisdiction to try the capital offence of terrorism.
Security tightened on border
Meanwhile, security agencies have deployed heavily at Malaba and Busia border points to counter terror threats.
This follows an attack carried out in eastern Kenya which left 148 Garissa University College students dead and more than 70 injured.
Uganda also has troops in Somalia fighting under Amisom, something the militants are revenging.
The Busia police commander, Julius Gobolo, on Monday said the deployment was in the wake of terror threats by al-Shabaab to attack Uganda in revenge of UPDF’s deployment in Somalia.