Witnesses in sheikh’s trial shun court due to lack of security.

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By Ronald Kabuye

Prosecution witnesses in the matter where sheikh Muluta Mudde Bukenya, a brother to jailed tablique sect leader sheikh Mohammed Yunusu Kamoga who is indicted alongside 19 others over treason, have failed to show up in court due to lack of protection.

The matter was set for today to kickoff hearing, however the government prosecutor Anguzu Lino informed court that the single witness they expected today had not turned up due to fear of his life, and thus asked for an adjournment as government prepares protection to the witnesses.

However the defense lawyers led by Chris John Bakiza informed thigh court judge Wilson Masaalu Musene that they are worried with the slow pace government is handling the matter citing how prosecution had expected only one witness out of the expected 17 witnesses yet the accused have been on remand for over three years.

The trial high court judge Wilson Masaalu Musene gave the last adjournment for the 23rd October.

He also informed court that the matter will be heard on a daily basis in order to avoid delayed trial.

Government contends that the group and others still at large between January 2013 and June 2015 at various places in Uganda, Dubai , Kenya and Tanzania connived to overthrow government by use of arms and expressed this by utterances and overt acts.
That these acts were committed through recruitment and training rebels.
According to the indictment, the group acquired satellite mobile phones for communication, motorcycles and motor vehicles for transport and rented appartments to act as safe houses.
Three of the twenty accused were among the fourteen people who were recently charged, convicted and sentenced over terrorism with Sheikh Kamoga including Amil Kinene, Akim Kinene Muswansa and Multa Mudde Bukenya.
Others include  Nakasibante Aisha, Okidi Charles,  Badru Bukenya, Muzamiru Kasawuli, Serunjoji Arafat, Okot Alex, Oulanya Joseph, Mubaje Arajabakal,  Magombe Suleiman, Matanda Issa alias Charles, Hajji Byamukama Abdul Ratif alias Tusiime, Ssemwogere Asadu, Kibirige Solomon, Wadwali Safiyi alias Kasibante, Muhamadi Kaloodo alias Kasibante, Yusuf Ssentamu alias Kasibante and Ssentogo Ismail.

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