On Tuesday, the suspects appeared before the General Court Martial at Makindye where they pleaded not guilty to murder. The Court-Martial Chairperson Lt General Andrew Gutti remanded the suspects to Kitalya up to January 4.
Suspects standing within the dock at the General Court Martial in Makindye
who were arrested for attacks on the Uganda People’s Defense Forces barracks in
Zombo district have been charged and remanded to Kitalya Government Prison.
The suspects, some of whom have been in detention since 2020, are charged with
the deaths of five soldiers in an attack on March 6, 2020, and another in July
2021. They were arrested from Packwach, Zombo, and Arua district in the
aftermath of the attack and arraigned before the 4th Division Court Martial in
Gulu district at different intervals on holding charges of treason.
On Tuesday, the suspects appeared before the General Court Martial at Makindye where
they pleaded not guilty. The Court-Martial Chairperson Lt General Andrew Gutti
remanded the suspects to Kitalya up to January 4.
In the July attack, six people and a Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF
soldier were killed in Zeu sub-county. The detach located in Zeu forest was
attacked by unknown gunmen around 6:00 am. 20 men disguising as forest workers
entered Zombo district through Zeu forest and attacked the detach.
In 2020, the
same group armed with machetes, bows, and arrows raided a Uganda People’s
Defense Forces [UPDF] detach in Oduk village. The attack resulted in the
killing of five soldiers while nine huts were razed down and three AK47 assault rifles looted from the army detach by the attackers.
were killed included Corporal Godfrey Oola, Privates Oyuthu Solomon Owete
and Bosco Okol, Warrant Officer Two Patrick Ondongota, Lance Corporal Godfrey Timba.
their stay in Kitalya was contested by human rights advocates and the Officer
in Charge of Kitalya prison challenged their detention without trial.