Captain Emmy Katabazi, the former aide of [former] Prime Minister, Hon Amama Mbabazi, has been charged at a military court for absconding on duty.
Katabazi appeared Tuesday before the Makindye General Court Martial presided over by Maj Gen Karuhanga.
He was charged with ‘absence without leave’ contrary to Section 148 (1) (a) of the UPDF Act, 2005.
The act prohibits a soldier from leaves or absenting himself/herself from his unit or place where his duty requires him to be without permission.
Breach of the law may lead to a conviction of up to four years prison.
Prosecution alleges that Katabazi between 21st and 27th of May 2015, when deployed at the ISO headquarters in Nakasero, without authority left the said place where his duties and went to Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Arua and Yumbe districts where he made partisan statements.
He refused to take plea without his lawyer upon which he was remanded to Makindye Military Barracks until November 3, 2015.
According to social media critic, Tom Voltaire Okwalinga, Capt Katabazi was taken from his detention cell at Kololo in the middle of the night and transferred to Makindye military cell, from where he was taken to the court martial to face charges.
He alleges that the President Yoweri Museveni regime tried to have him denounce Mbabazi and reveal some “secrets” in exchange for huge sums of money and freedom, “But he is said to have flatly declined, and they decided to slap serious charges on him that could keep him in jail for a long time,” the critic wrote on his social media page.
Katabazi, 51, is a soldier in UPDF also attached to the Internal Security Organisation [ISO].