The General court martial on Tuesday afternoon remanded at least 32 supporters of the National Unity Platform party accused of possesing military stores. The remanded 32 were arraigned before the general court martial of Lt. Col. Andrew Gutti after weeks of illegal custody following their abduction from Kampala, Wakiso, Mbale and Mukono areas.
The group is led by Ssegujja Rashid aka Chairman of Kawempe Kirokole zone and Lutaaya Olivia, a hawker of Makindye, and 30 others who are mainly youths.
The suspects were arrested from the period of the November protests to May 2021 in the heat of the elections period. The suspects denied all the charges. They were even denied legal presentation by their lawyers since court barred external access.
Lt. Gen. Gutti as usual when it comes to NUP suspects, remanded all the 31 suspects to Kitalya prison and the only female to Kigo prison till June, 22.
When asked if they object to any of the seven members of the Court from trying their case, two of the suspects – Mayigga Ronald and Kijjambu Simon – informed the court that they are civilians who did not know why they were appearing before a Court of Army Officers while others did not object.
When the suspects were informed of their right to legal representation and asked the choice of Lawyer they would use; some informed court that they would hire private Lawyers like Benjamin Katana, Wameli Anthony; Medard Lubega Ssegona; Shamim Malende; Kiwanuka Abdullah and Mungoma Steven while others said they would use Government Lawyer Major Katungi.
The suspects were brought in 3 white Vans (Motor Vehicles) to Court under the tight security of two Patrols of Field Force Unit Police officers.