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Businessman Remanded Over Bullet; Family Claims it was Planted by Extortionists

According to the evidence before court by Bazibu's wife Phiona Namazzi, Bazibu was arrested by plain clothed men of Special Forces Command from Okello House where he had gone for a meeting and since then they had never seen him to date
10 Dec 2020 17:08
Businessman Francis Bruno Bazibu appearing in the court martial on Thursday.


The General Court Martial in Makindye has remanded 34 year old city businessman Francis Bruno Bazibu  to Kitalya Government's prison on one offense of illegal  possession of a bullet.

Bazibu was on Thursday arraigned before court presided over by  Lt General Andrew Gutti who read to him an offense of illegal possession of ammunition contrary to the Uganda People's Defence Forces Act.

The Army Prosecution led by Major Emmy Ekyaruhanga alleges that on November 11 2020 in Bugembe village in Busiro Wakiso District, Bazibu was illegally found with one live ammunition of an AK 47 gun which was ordinarily for the Uganda People's Defence Forces.

But Bazibu denied the said charge. The  Army Prosecutor Major Ekyaruhanga told court that the  investigations are still ongoing and  asked to remand the accused  as investigations continue.

Accordingly, Bazibu who was being represented by lawyer Umar Lukwago  has been sent to prison until  December 21 2020 when he will return to be informed on the status of investigations.

Bazibu' s lawyer  Lukwago told journalists at court that he together with  his  family were happy that finally he has been produced in court as it has been difficult for them to see him previously  when he was  under unknown  military detention. 

According to the evidence before court by Bazibu's wife Phiona Namazzi, Bazibu was arrested by plain clothed men of Special Forces Command from Okello House on October 31 2020  where he had gone for a meeting and since then they had never seen him to date.

The family first looked for him in several detention centres but couldn't access him and reached an extent of petitioning the High Court Civil Division on November 17 2020 to have him produced dead or alive.

The High Court Judge Emmanuel Baguma issued an order directing the Attorney General and the security agencies to produce him in court on November 30 2020 but the State defied the orders only to produce him in the military court today.

The family alleges that the military wanted to fraudulently take over Bazibu's monies in banks since they had started calling them to send them money pretending that it was him in need of it.

The family adds that the single bullet in question was also brought by the security forces that  came to conduct a search at his home because for him he has never had a gun and there is no way he could be having a bullet.

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