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Court Martial Remands 31 People For Plotting to Overthrow Gov't :: Uganda Radionetwork

Court Martial Remands 31 People For Plotting to Overthrow Gov't

The court heard that between February and October 2023, within and Outside Uganda in diverse places of Lira, Masaka, Arua, Kampala Cities, Bididi Bidi Camp in Yumbe District and Juba City in South Sudan held meetings recruited and formed a rebel group called Uganda Lord's Salvation Army.
Some of the Soldiers of UPDF who have been charged before the Court Martial in Makindye with treachery .
The Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF General Court Martial sitting in Makindye, has remanded 31 suspects, including eight soldiers, to Luzira and Military Police Barracks on charges related to an alleged plot to overthrow the legitimate government of Uganda. 

They are Captain Denish Oola Oyaa, attached to the 6 Tank Battalion as an Operations Training Officer, Lieutenant Benjamin Oduru, a Staff Officer, Warrant Officer 2 Oryek Sunday Jenaro, a Tank Engine Technician, Sergeant Bernard Morris Leku (also known as Peter Anguadia, a deserter), formerly attached to the Field Engineering Unit of America Village Perichi Subcounty, West Adjumani County in Adjumani District, Corporal John Elatu, attached to 6 Tank Battalion in Singo as a gunner, Corporal Ronald Keuber, attached to 1 Tank Battalion as a driver/Mechanic resident of Gulu Air Base, Corporal David Olal, a Police officer resident of Erute North in Lira District, and Lance Corporal Moses Anyang, attached to 6 Tank Battalion as a Tank Operator/Nurse.   

The remaining soldiers mentioned earlier are all attached to the Armoured Brigade Headquarters. These military personnel have been charged alongside civilians, including plumbers, teachers, and a pastor. Some of the civilians include Judith Angwech, a pastor from Alebtong district, Simon Oyoma, a pastor from Soroti City, Daniel Owitti (also known as Ott or ODM), a Social worker from Adjumani District, Fabio Ocen, a builder from Kole District, Muhammad Ijosiga, a peasant from Arua district, Stanley Yiacia (also known as Simple), a Marketeer from Maracha, Anthony Kamau Omacj, a teacher from Dokolo District, Joaquin Parm, an electrician from Nebbi District, Abdu Hakim Koloboka, a security guard from Yumbe District, Habibu Ezale, a mechanic from Koboko District, Ssebi Keppo, a peasant from Arua District, among others.   

Before the Court Martial, chaired by Brigadier General Freeman Robert Mugabe, the group faced charges of alleged treachery as defined in the Uganda People's Defense Forces Act. The prosecution, represented by Lt Col Raphael Mugisha, Lt Alex Lasto Mukhwana, and Private Regina Nanzala, informed the court that investigations are ongoing and requested an adjournment. Legal representation was provided by Captain Simon Nsubuga Busagwa and Private Pricilla Kakande.

Consequently, they have been remanded until January 22nd, 2024, for further proceedings as inquiries continue. This trial is among several in the Court Martial concerning treachery-related charges. Additionally, another group comprising 23 suspects faces charges of treachery and the murder of Mityana and Kiboga police officers, allegedly absconding with their firearms. 

Allegedly acting as agents of the Uganda National Coalition, this group and others engaged in activities against the government, recruiting individuals, and attacking security posts, posing a threat to Uganda's security. This trial is ongoing and at an advanced stage. Furthermore, three other suspects, purportedly affiliated with the Allied Democratic Forces, were recently charged with similar offenses and are presently on remand.