COUP TALK: DP Takes Case to High Court

Chief of Defence Forces General Aronda Nyakairima
Chief of Defence Forces General Aronda Nyakairima

Luweero Woman MP Brenda Nabukenya has taken the General Aronda Nyakairima coup talk case to the High Court. Nabukenya has appealed against the recent decision by Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court, dismissing an application intended to issue criminal summons against General Nyakairima, the Chief of Defence Forces, over comments he reportedly made recently about the possibility of a military coup. MP Nabukenya appealed against the lower court’s decision of February 5, before the Nakawa High Court on Tuesday, saying she is aggrieved by it. The legislator, through her lawyers of Alaka and Company Advocates, had filed the complaint on oath by way of private prosecution to have General Nyakairima prosecuted over statements he allegedly made warning that the army could be forced to take over power if politicians do not change course. She wanted the army boss charged with treason. However, on February 5, Chief Magistrate Joyce Kabagye Kabahinguza dismissed the application saying the complaint on oath, the charge sheet and the criminal summons prepared were incompetent before the court. Nabukenya in her grounds of appeal among others faults the trial Chief Magistrate for having erred in law when she held that the charge sheet was defective and that the same could not be signed by court. Further, the MP claims the trial Chief Magistrate erred in law when she dismissed the complaint on oath for not being accompanied with a letter from a local chief and that she was biased against her complaint. The MP also faults the Chief Magistrate for having erred in law when she held that the committal proceedings before the Chief Magistrates’ court are only applicable to criminal proceedings commenced by the DPP. Nabukenya is now seeking the high court’s orders reversing the ruling by the trial Chief Magistrate on February 5. She is also seeking for orders to have General Aronda summoned or issued with a warrant of arrest to compel him appear in court and answer to the treason charges against him. The Court is yet to fix a date to hear the appeal.

1 thought on “COUP TALK: DP Takes Case to High Court

  1. Alaka is gonna eat your money while you’re making silly of yourself for a cheap popularity as the media cheers you up.

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