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Kabaziguruka in Makindye military court today

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The Member of Parliament for Nakawa Michael Kabaziguruka is set to appear before the UPDF General Court Martial (GCM) today.

Kabaziguruka, who is charged with treason alongside 22 other people, is being held at Kigo prison but missed the last hearing session after court was informed that he was sick.

In early June the MP was arrested and taken to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) at Kireka for interrogation and at the time police chief General Kale Kayihura said they had gotten intelligence information linking the MP to some people involved in subversive activities.

And weeks ago, while contributing to debate during the vetting of Ministers, Opposition Members of Parliament have asked the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga to explain the circumstances surrounding the arrest of their colleague Kabaziguruka.

Led by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) Winnie Kiiza, they expressed concern over the arrests by security personnel taking place in the country, including the arrest of Mr Kabaziguruka.

According to the LOP, Mr Kabaziguruka was arrested without serving the Speaker with the summons, which flouts the law.

Elijah Okupa, the Kasilo MP also weighed in and demanded that Mr Kabaziguruka be produced before court, if he has any charges to answer to.

“We demand that if there is a case, let the Hon. Kabaziguruka be produced in court,” Mr Okupa charged.

In response Speaker Kadaga promised to follow up the matter, saying: “I will handle this with the Vice President and ensure that our colleague is handled appropriately.”

However, nothing public has since been heard of the Speaker Kadaga’s efforts over the matter.


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