Sheikh Kamoga with his co-accused in court

Tabliq leader Amir Ummah Sheik Mohammed Yunus Kamoga and three others have been sentenced to life in prison for terrorism.

The accused in court

Sheik Kamoga and his 13 co-accused have been on trial for a close to three years on changes of terrorism and murder of prominent Muslim clerics in Uganda.

And today, a three-judge panel of Justices  Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Jane Kiggundu and Percy Tuhaise, which yesterday convicted the four, pronounced itself on the fate of Sheikh Kamoga, Sirajje Kawoya, Mutwalib Bukenya and Fahad Bukenya and their other co-accused.

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Of the others, Sheik Yusuf Kakande and Fahad Kalungi have been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment ‘because they were just followers’, while Sheik Amir Kinene, Hakim Kinene Muswaswa, Abdulhamid Mubiru Sematimba, Hamza Kasirye, Twaha Ssekitto, Rashid Jjingo, Musa Issa Mubiru and George William Iga, walked free due to lack of evidence for them to be convicted.

One of the relatives crying after the accused were convicted

Prosecution averred that between December and June 2015, the accused conspired with others to murder Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga and Sheikh Hassan Kirya, and also attempted to attack Prince Kassim Nakibinge, Haruna Jjemba, Swidiq Ndaula, Haji Ssonko and Mahmoud Kibate.

Early in July, the three judges had summoned assessors led by Mohamed Ddumba, Robert Sseguya Lubega and Judith Muhairwe to sum up the evidence brought by prosecution to convict the accused persons or acquit them of all charges.