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Annette Namwanga, a secretary at Mulago hospital has been charged with aiding and abetting terrorism. She appeared this afternoon before Grace Barintuma, Buganda Road chief magistrate.
Namwanga was charged alongside 8 other suspects, three of whom were present in court. They are Issa Doka Laka, a shoe shiner in Kakajjo Old Kampala, Edison Mubangizi, a driver of Centenary Bank and Jingo Bamulanga, a KCC community service volunteer.
Other suspects still at large are Lawrence Kiwanuka Nsereko, a Ugandan Journalist living in the US, Ali Wako, Sula Sebirumbi, Yusuf Nyanzi from Kapeka and Idd Shaban, a resident of Busia.
Prosecution alleges that between 2005 and 2010, at various places in Kenya and Tanzania, Namwanga aided Doka by acquiring grenades, motorcycles, vehicles and providing him with money well knowing that it will be used for terrorism.
Prosecution told court that Namwanga was receiving money from Lawrence Kiwanuka, the Ugandan journalists in the US that to fund their terrorism activities.
Doka was allegedly arrested on Burton Street in Kampala on 16th January with 2 grenades. Prosecution also asked court for a warrant of arrest for the remaining suspects.
Grace Barintuma, Buganda Road chief magistrate didn't allow the suspects to enter any plea saying that their case is of capital nature and is only triable by high court. She therefore remanded the suspects to Luzira prison until February 25, when their case will come up for mention.
Mulindwa Mujulizi, the lawyer of the accused described the charges as politically motivated. He warned that the prosecution will suffer defeat in the court of law when the accused are committed for trial.
Mulindwa explained to URN outside court that both Namwanga and Lawrence are Democratic Party supporters who were only mobilizing money to fund their party activities.