Treason Suspects Protest Case Adjournments
Nineteen suspects accused of treason have protested the persistent adjournment of their case.
The suspects are Aisha Nakasibante, Hakim Kinene Muswaswa, Muzamilu Kasawuli, Arafat Serunjoji alias Buekenya, Alex Okot, Olanya Joseph alias Onekmon, Okidi Charles, RA 17019 Pte Arajab Mubaje alias Magombe Sulaiman. Others are Matanda Issa alias Charles, Haji Byamukama Abdul Ratif alias Tusiime, Asadu Ssemwogerere, Solomon Kibirige, Wadwali Safiyi alias Swafi Shafi, Yusuf Sentamu alias Kasibante, Muhamad Kolodo alias Kasibante, Ismail Ssentogo and Abonga Nick Frank alias Bongomin alias Joshua Alias Jossi.
The 19 were arrested between 2013 and 2015 for treason. However, their case has failed to make any headway following persistent requests for adjournment by the state. The suspects through their lawyer Friday Robert Kagoro are protesting the continuous requests for adjournment by the Principle State Attorney, Rachael Bikhole whenever they appear in court on grounds that the state witnesses are sick.
It came after Bikhole presented Zena Mujjubi as one of the state witnesses. Mujjubi told the trial Judge, Wilson Masalu Musene of the High Court Criminal Division that she had only come to confirm to court that Hakim Kinene Muswaswa and Amir Kinene were her tenants. She identified the duo and asked her to leave, saying she had nothing to do with the matter. Mujjubi told court that police officers who searched the duo's house in Jinja showed her satellite phones, which they were allegedly using to commit treason.
However, the defense counsel rejected Mujjubi's testimony, saying she didn't have facts on the case against the accused. He said prosecution lacks witnesses and only keeps asking for adjournment to deliberately infringe on the freedoms of his clients. He asked court to compel the prosecution to produce the witnesses. So far only one of the nine witnesses lined up by the prosecution has appeared in court.
Justice Musene adjourned the matter to March 22, 2018 to allow the prosecution to present Vincent Serwanga who was expected to appear today, but didn't make it in grounds of ill health.
Details of the case are that between January 2013 and June 2015 at various places in Uganda including Kampala, Wakiso, Gulu, Kitgum, Rakai and Jinja districts and other places like Dubai in United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Tanzania, the suspects and others still at large contrived a plot to overturn the government by force and expressed such plot by utterances and evident acts.