Five people have been arraigned before the court martial and charged with aggravated robbery. The five, all young men , were charged after being found with a sub machine gun that is a monopoly of the armed forces. They appeared before the General Court Martial based at Makindye in Kampala.

Prosecution alleges that the the accused, on November 12, 2018 stole a TV, TV decoder and a smart phone from Grace Nabossa in Kalamba Kiganda sub-county, Kasanda district. The prosecution further that immediately before or after the time of the said robbery, the suspects were in possession of a deadly weapon a submachine gun of number S/NO.B62-102527 (303), which is ordinarily the monopoly of the Defence Forces.

The suspects include Farouk Segawa and Ronald Ssenyanzi, both aged 18, Abdallah Jesero, 25, Bashir Pereketya, 20 and Tadeo Mugisha, 26. They appeared before Lt Gen. Andrew Gutti, the army court chairman, who read to them the charges. They all pleaded not guilty.

The offence committed by the five accused contravenes sections 285 and 286 (2) of the Penal Code Act Cap 120 and they will be liable to a maximum sentence of death on conviction. According to the prosecution, all the accused are subject to military law by virtue of section 119 (1) (h) of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Act 2005.

The state prosecutors, Maj. Raphael Mugisha and Cpt. Ambrose Baguma, told court that investigations into the matter were complete and that they had three witnesses ready to proceed. The case was adjourned till September 10th and the suspects were remanded till then.

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