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Sejusa’s aides convicted over plot to overthrow govt

Six former aides to Gen. David Sejusa have this afternoon been found guilty of offenses related to the over throw of government by force of arms.

The six who were found guilty by the General Court Martial sitting in Makindye include; corporal Grace Nasasira, corporal Godfrey Karuhanga, Frank Ninsiima, Moses Nuwagaba, Abel Twinamatsiko and James Nayebare

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However, the seven-member panel led by its chairperson Lt Gen Andrew Gutti reserved the passing of the sentence to the convicts to July 18. Treachery, a charge that they have been found guilty of attracts up to the maximum penalty of death by hanging.

The court in its verdict, relied on undisputed prosecution evidence that was laid before court of how the convicts conducted meetings at Sekanyonyi trading centre in Mityana district and asked them to join their team which had been tasked to recruit fellow soldiers allegedly on instructions of Gen. Sejusa and Gen. Benon Biraaro.

The prosecution evidence that the court relied upon to convict the six was that the recruited forces were to contrive a plot to overthrow the government on grounds that they had gathered intelligence information of how President Museveni had intentions of making his son Maj Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba the next president of Uganda.

While convicting the six, the Makindye military court boss faulted them for having withheld such critical information from relevant government authorities.

During mitigation session, Lt. Ambrose Baguma on behalf of the 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.

Prosecution had 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.

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