The five soldiers from the presidential guard Special Forces Command (SFC) who are accused of sharing sensitive security information with neighbouring Rwanda have been remanded by the Makindye-based Army court after their bail application was deferred to a later date.
Lt Alex Kasamula from Makindye military police, Lt Phillip Neville Ankunda, a pilot attached to SFC, Pte Nathan Ndwaine, a flight engineering and maintenance student at Nakasongola Air Defence facility, Pte Moses Asiimwe, an aircraft mechanical engineer and Pte Godfrey Mugabi were jointly arrested by military intelligence officers and police in May 2020.
They were detained at the Special Investigations Division in Kireka before they appeared in the Army Court, which remanded them. This week, the suspects appeared before the UPDF General Court Martial chairperson, Brig Gen Robert Freeman Mugabe.
The prosecution told the court that between February and May 2020, in various parts of Kampala, the accused soldiers and others still at large shared security information prejudicial to Uganda’s security with agents of the Rwandan government.
The suspects maintained their innocence and applied for bail through their lawyers led by Elizabeth Nyansingwa, arguing that they have fixed places of abode within the jurisdiction of the General Court Martial and are ready to abide by the bail terms and conditions.
They presented their relatives and friends as sureties and asked court to find them substantial and release them on bail, adding that they are not a flight risk.
Prosecution led by Lt Alex Rasto Mukhwana asked for an adjournment to allow them to respond to the application. Accordingly, Brig Mugabe adjourned the matter to September 6 when their application shall be heard once more.
SOURCE: Kigezi Post