The number of suspects facing trial over the Rwenzori attacks has overwhelmed the general court martial forcing it to adjourn to this morning. On Tuesday, 125 suspects appeared before Maj. Gen Levi Karughanga, the chairperson of the UPDF general court martial at Bundibugyo Boma grounds.
Court spent most of the time, verifying the details of the suspects such as their exact names, age, their occupation and places of residence.
By 5:00p.m the court hadn’t completed the process, forcing Maj. Gen Karuhanga to adjourn and remand all the suspects to Katojo Prison in Fort Portal. The suspects arrived at Boma ground in a military van at 10:00a.m amidst tight security. Several residents of Bundibugyo town thronged the venue of the trial to have a glimpse of the suspects who included one female.
Notable among the suspects is the deputy Prime Minister of Rwenzururu, Jeremiah Mutooro, Ibrahim Baluku, the Ntoroko district information officer and a journalism lecturer at Uganda Pentecostal University, Ben Mutahinga, the LC3 Chairperson Karugutu Sub County and Yoramu Mulema, the chairperson of Rwenzururu war veterans and the chief adviser to the Omusinga (King) on security matters.
Majority of the suspects were arrested by the UPDF after armed attacks on Police, UPDF and other installations, while others were arrested by joint security forces of UPDF and Police, following investigations by a joint team of Police Special Investigations Unit, Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department and UPDF Military Intelligence officials.
The coordinated attacks which took place on July 5th in the districts of Ntoroko, Kasese and Bundibugyo left 90 people dead.