High court has refused to issue an order for the release of four aides to General David Sejusa, the ex-coordinator of intelligence services saying they are in legal detention. They are James Nyebare, Moses Nuwagaba, Private Ninsima Frank, serving military officer and Abel Twinamasiko. They were picked up from their homes on May 05th in a joint operation conducted by the police flying squad and the army and detained in unknown places. It took the intervention of their relatives and lawyers to petition court to compel government to produce the suspects in court and formally charge them.
Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, the lawyer of the suspects says that his clients were secretly charged before the General Court Martial with various crimes before being remanded to Kigo prison and Makindye military barracks. Court records indicate that the four appeared before the General Court Martial on May 28 and were formally charged with aiding and abetting of an offense contrary to section 184 (1) (b) (C) of the UPDF Act. As a result, their relative filed a fresh application before high court seeking an order to compel government to release them.
However, on Monday morning, Justice Akiiki Kizza declined to order the release of the suspects. He argued that there is no doubt that the GCM is a court recognized by law in Uganda, despite the fact that it handles cases of people who fall under the UPDF Act. He therefore ruled that the detainees remain in their respective places of detention, as ordered by the General Court Martial or till the same court rules otherwise. Court records show that the four and others still at large, around the months of March and May this year, aided, abetted, counseled or procured RA 194684 L/CPL Grace Nasasira and R/A 182084 L/CPL Geoffrey Karuhanga to recruit soldiers into subversive activities intended to overthrow the legitimate government of Uganda.
Last month, general Sejusa sparked off tension when he penned a letter calling for investigations into a plot to bump off senior army officials and politicians opposed to plans by President Yoweri Museveni to have his son Brigadier Kainerugaba Muhoozi replace him once he retires from office.