Rwenzori attack: State amends charges against suspects

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The State has today amended charges against the suspects of the Rwenzori attacks to include a list of new weapons that were allegedly used suring the attacks.

The State has today amended charges against the suspects of the Rwenzori attacks to include a list of new weapons that were allegedly used during the attacks.
 
The new weapons include spears, pangas, machetes, bows, arrows, clubs and catapults which the defense lawyer described "as new matters."
 
It also dropped the names of 29 of the 53 suspects, who were released last week after the State found no evidence to prosecute them.
 
Prosecution led by Major Fredrick Kangwamu sought an adjournment to be able to amend the charge sheet to include "new matters" and also to remove the names of those released last week and the late Amir Kisembo who died in prison early January.

Defense lawyer Geoffrey Sibendire objected to the amendment saying that it would be unfair for his clients to be tried for using weapons that were never tendered in as evidence by prosecution at the start of the trial.
 
However Prosecutor Major Kangwamu told court that all the weapons in contention have been tendered in as evidence during the course of the trial. He urged using Regulation 81 (2) of the UPDF rules of procedure which states that other additions or omissions can be introduced in the charge sheet if it has been given in evidence during trial.

After a one hour adjournment, presiding chairman Major General Levi Karuhanga ruled in favour of the prosecution to include all the new particulars of the offense.

 

About the author

Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.