Journalists kicked out at Court Martial

Man Jose Kayima

Journalists have been ejected from Makindye-based General Court Martial where they had gone to cover hearing of bail applications by 28 detained supporters of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) on Monday morning.

Court chaired by Brig Gen Freeman Mugabe did not give any reasons for kicking out the journalists.

The suspects who have been on remand on charges of unlawful possession of 13 explosive devices following their arrest in December 2020 (during presidential campaigns) have had several of their bail applications dismissed before by the army court on grounds that their sureties are not substantial.

Prosecution alleges that between November 2020 and May 12, 2021, in diverse areas of Jinja, Mbale, Kireka, Nakulabye, Kawempe, Nateete and Kampala Central, the accused were found in possession of 13 pieces of explosive devices which are ordinarily amonopoly of the defence forces.

They were in April last year slapped with additional charges of treachery.

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