Posted on6 July, 2016 | 23:34

Gen Sejusa aides convicted of treason

Six aides to Gen David Sejusa, the former coordinator of intelligence services, were yesterday afternoon found guilty of offenses related to plotting to overthrow President Museveni’s government.

Six aides to Gen David Sejusa, the former coordinator of intelligence services, were yesterday afternoon found guilty of offenses related to plotting to overthrow President Museveni’s government.

The six who were found guilty by the General Court Martial sitting in Makindye include Corporal Grace Nasasira, Corporal Geoffrey Karuhanga, Private Frank Ninsiima, James Karuhanga Nayebare, Moses Kakarugahi Nuwagaba and Abel Twinamtsiko

Treason, a charge which they have been found guilty of attracts a maximum penalty of death. The seven-member panel led by chairman of the General Court Martial Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti deferred the sentencing of the convicts until July 18.

The court in its verdict relied on evidence showing that the convicts conducted meetings at Sekanyonyi trading centre in Mityana district and asked several soldiers to join their team on the instructions of Gen Sejusa and former presidential candidate Gen Benon Biraaro.

The evidence showed that the recruited forces were to contrive a plot to overthrow the government on grounds that they had gathered intelligence information that President Yoweri Museveni had intentions of making his son Maj. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba the next president of Uganda.

Prosecution further alleged that the convicts, in or around the months of March to May 2014 and while in the areas of Mityana and Kampala, consciously failed to disclose to proper authorities vital information about the recruitment of people to engage into activities intended to overthrow the legitimate government of Uganda.

While convicting the six, Lt. Gen Gutti faulted them for having withheld such critical information from relevant government authorities. During mitigation sessions, Lt. Ambrose Baguma, on behalf of prosecution; asked court to hand the convicts a maximum penalty of death by hanging given the grave charges that they are facing.

On the contrary, the convict’s lawyer David Mushabe asked court to hand his clients a lenient sentence on grounds that they have since their arrest three years ago been remorseful.

Some of Gen Sejusa’s aides in the Military Court Martial dock last year
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