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UPDF Soldiers and Civilians Remanded Over Charges of Plotting Government Overthrow

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updf soldiers and civilians remanded over charges of plotting government overthrow
updf soldiers and civilians remanded over charges of plotting government overthrow




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The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) General Court Martial, convened in Makindye, has ordered the remand of 31 individuals, comprising seven soldiers, a policeman, and 23 civilians, on charges related to an alleged conspiracy to overthrow the Ugandan government.

Among the military personnel remanded are Captain Denish Oola Oyaa, Lieutenant Benjamin Oduru, Warrant Officer 2 Oryek Sunday Jenaro, Sergeant Bernard Morris Leku (also known as Peter Anguadia, a deserter), Corporal John Elatu, Corporal Ronald Keuber, Lance Corporal Moses Anyang, and policeman Corporal David Olal, all attached to the Armoured Brigade Headquarters.






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The civilians include individuals from various professions, such as plumbers, teachers, and a pastor. Notable among them are Judith Angwech (pastor), Simon Oyoma (pastor), Daniel Owitti (social worker), Fabio Ocen (builder), Muhammad Ijosiga (peasant), Stanley Yiacia (marketeer), Anthony Kamau Omacj (teacher), Joaquin Parm (electrician), Abdu Hakim Koloboka (security guard), Habibu Ezale (mechanic), Ssebi Keppo (peasant), among others.

The charges brought against the group include alleged treachery under the Uganda People’s Defense Forces Act. The prosecution, represented by Lt Col Raphael Mugisha, Lt Alex Lasto Mukhwana, and Private Regina Nanzala, informed the court of ongoing investigations and requested an adjournment.



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Legal representation for the suspects was provided by Captain Simon Nsubuga Busagwa and Private Pricilla Kakande. The Court Martial, chaired by Brigadier General Freeman Robert Mugabe, granted the prosecution’s request for an adjournment.




The suspects have been remanded until January 22nd, 2024, as the investigations continue. This trial is part of several Court Martial cases concerning charges related to treachery.



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Additionally, another group of 23 suspects faces charges of treachery and the murder of police officers in Mityana and Kiboga, allegedly involving the theft of their firearms. This ongoing trial involves individuals accused of acting against the government, recruiting, and attacking security posts.

Three other suspects, reportedly affiliated with the Allied Democratic Forces, have recently been charged with similar offenses and are currently in remand.