General Court Martial orders arrest of Nakawa MP Micheal Kabaziguruka

The General Court Martial, Makindye has issued an arrest warrant against Nakawa Municipality Division Member of Parliament (MP) Michael Kabaziguruka. The legislator is accused of conniving with serving security officers to infiltrate the army with an intention of overthrowing the government.

The lead prosecutor, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Maj. Raphael Mugisha, has told a seven-member court chaired by Lt. General Andrew Gutti that ever since Kabaziguruka was released on bail by the High Court last year, he has never turned up for mention of the case in the General Court Martial.

Maj. Mugisha explained that the interim order on MP Kabaziguruka secured from the Constitutional Court blocking his trial before the army court lapsed, when the same court nullified injunctions issued by single judges, and therefore he can no longer use it as an excuse not to appear in court.

It’s against this background that Maj. Mugisha asked court to order for the Ugandan legislator’s arrest, since he had according to him defied court summons on two occasions.

Maj. Mugisha says investigations into Kabaziguruka’s case and 25 others are complete but hearing can not start in his absence.

Kabaziguruka who has since challenged this trial in the Constitutional Court, was arrested in June last year and charged before the army court with treachery and offences relating to security.