Amama Mbabazis former aide, Emmy Katabazi has finally denied having absconded from duty. He was remanded to Makindye Military barracks pending trial.
A former aide to Presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi has denied having absconded from duty and making statements without authorization from his superiors in the UPDF.
Private Emmy Katabazi, then attached to the Internal Security Organization (ISO) had been deployed as aide to Amama Mbabazi while he still served as Prime Minister and Secretary General of National Resistance Movement.
Katabazi while appearing before the General Court Martial chaired by Major General, Levi Karuhanga denied that he was absent from duty contrary to the UPDF Act.
He was also charged with conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline contrary to section 148 (1), 2 (a), 178 (1) (2) and 5 (a) of the Uganda People's Defence Forces Act (UPDF), 2015.
It was the second time he was appearing before the seven-member court to respond to charges. Last week the charges were read to Katabazi but he could not take plea because he was not represented by a lawyer.
He was remanded to Makindye military barracks until today when he got a lawyer, Caleb Kangey Mugabi to represent him.
Prosecution led by Captain, Fredrick Kangwamu alleges that the Katabazi r without leave, absented himself from duty between 21st to 22nd May this year while he was deployed at Internal Security Organisation at Nakasero. He is alleged to have gone to different places in the country including; Mbale, Jinja, Lira, Gulu, Soroti and Yumbe.
In count two, the prosecution alleges that while at different places, he made public statements contrary to rule 1 & 2 of the Code of Conduct of the defense forces.
Upon denying the two charges, the prosecution asked court to grant them two weeks to wind up with investigations and to tie the loose ends for trial to commence.
Katabazi was remanded to Makindye military barracks till November 19 when he is expected to appear in court for mention.
According to 2005 UPDF law, a soldier who without authority leaves or absents himself from his unit or place where his duty requires him to be, or fails to return, is liable on conviction to four years prison.