Four charged, remanded over terrorism

ADF have been remanded in Luzira for attacking police stations in Uganda
ADF being led to Luzira prison
| Photo Credit: Kampala report

After publicly confessing to being a member of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacking police stations among other charges, They were sentenced to jail. 

The Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court has charged four people with terrorism and detained them in Luzira prison.

On appearing before grade one magistrate Asuman Muhumuza, they were not accepted to take a plea because the charges are only triable by the High Court.

The defendants include Moses Katende (19), a food vendor; Abudalatif Balikoowa, alias Kyalimp Muzee Bako (54), a hawker; Adam Weduma Guloba, alias Rasta (24), a hawker, and Faisal Musana (19), a shoe vendor.

The culprits are convicted for various offences including attacking the convoy of Principal Judge Flavian Zeija.

Other charges include 10 murder charges, three attempted murder charges, being part of a terrorist group, and robbery to mention but a few. 

It should be noted that on Monday 16 January 2023, a court session was held at Buganda road and charges were presented to the suspects.

It alleged that the suspects committed various murders in several districts and places for instance Butambala  Mitala- Maria in Mpigi, where they also killed police constable Otim Lawrence. 

The prosecution added that the 4 accused also attempted to cause the death of Ako Evan in Namayingo district and Annet Naluweewa during the attack at Busiika police station on October 31, 2022, plus Catherine Ndagire at Kyabadaza in Mpigi district on October 9, 2022.

The presiding Magistrate Muhumuza then remanded the group to Luzira until January 31 2023.

Commenting Magistrate, Asuman Muhumuza pointed out that: “This court has no jurisdiction to hear this case as you are facing charges that are grave and this court has only one duty of reading the charges to you.

However, if you want to apply for bail, you can do it in the High Court and you also have a right to have a lawyer of your own choice.”

However, Uganda has been facing attacks from ADF terrorists who invaded the Country through the Moroto district last year and the Uganda people’s defence force (UPDF) worked on them by the law.

According to the state prosecutor,  Joan Keko told the court that investigations are still ongoing, prompting the magistrate to remand the culprits.

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