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Mbuya raid: 3 charged, remanded

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Three people, including two soldiers who were arrested in connection with the March 4 attack at Mbuya military barracks have been charged before the Military Court. They were all remanded.

Lt. Augustine Moro and Private Kenneth Kalokwera Okello were charged before the Makindye-based General Court Martial over alleged offences relating to security, treachery and those relating to guard duties contrary to the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Act.

They were charged jointly with a guard, Ivan Ebong attached, to private security company- Damocles who has pleaded guilty to the two offences relating to security and treachery. Mr Ebong, however, denied the alleged offence relating to guard duties while Lt. Moro and Private Okello denied all the charges.

Driven to the court by plain clothed armed operatives, the trio appeared before the court for plea taking.
Court chairman, Brig. Fred Tolit remanded Lt Moro and Private Okello to Makindye Military Police Barracks while Mr Ebong was remanded to Kigo government prison pending investigations.

They are slated to appear in court on April 11 for mention and reading of brief facts in cases where Mr Ebong pleaded guilty to the offences. The offence comes hardly a fortnight since the security breach at Mbuya barracks amid reports that the foiled intrusion most likely involved subversive elements and some insider accomplices. But the army has since downplayed the daring attack as nothing more than an attempted gun grab by some “thugs”.

Prosecution led by Capt. Fred Kangwamu alleges that on March 4 this year, Lt Moro, Pt. Okello, Mr Ebong and others still at large at Lower Mbuya Military Barracks in Nakawa Division near Kampala while armed with a firearm attacked the guards with the aim of acquiring guns; an act that was intended to prejudice the security of the defence forces.

It is alleged that Lt. Moro and Pt. Okello, both persons subject to military law and others at Kataza on the Railway Line in Nakawa without authority gave out confidential information regarding the location of weapons in the barracks to persons not entitled to receive the same.

Prosecution alleges that the trio also assaulted Cpl Stephen John Ojakol who was on guard duties at the barracks. Capt. Kangwamu asked court for time to allow the prosecution conclude the inquiries and submit the brief facts regarding Mr Ebong.


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