Nine people accused of hatching plans to attack Kabamba military barracks in Mubende district have applied for amnesty, the Nile Post has learnt.
A group of 14 people including UPDF soldiers and civilians were in 2014 arrested for holding meetings in various places of Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka, Luweero and in Nairobi, Kenya where they recruited people to engage into the attack before being charged with treachery before the General Court Martial that sits in Makindye.
In a September 18 letter through their lawyers of Jude Mbabali and Company Advocates and Ssemwanga and Muwazzi and Company Adovcates to the army court and received by the Amnesty Commission, the nine accused people including ,Nassim Namuzimule , Sgt Ndugga Musaazi, Ssemwogerere Marvin Kato , Mukiibi Ali, Lumala Salongo, Biyimbwa Herbert , Kiwanuka Francis Kaheru , Matovu Solomon and Kibirige Peter say they have renounced their activities and are asking for amnesty.
“We the undersigned persons being accused persons charged with offences relating to security contrary to section 130(1) of the UPDF Act case number UPDF GCM /024/2014 do hereby declare that we have renounced all activities for which we were charged and we hereby apply for amnesty under the provisions of the Amnesty Act,” the group says in their letter.
This comes a few months after four of the accused recently pleaded guilty to the charges before being dismissed from the army.
Four UPDF soldiers including; Lt Col Philip Frank Eguma 42, Capt. Hillman Bosco Aleper 36, Lt Ronald Waibi Mwavu, 36 and Pt. Kenneth Sekajja,32 pleaded guilty to committing offences related to security when they planned to attack the army installation before being convicted and later dismissed from the army with disgrace.
The four officers were formerly attached to the UPDF Air Defence section in Nakasongola,Kimaka and armoured warfare training school in Mubende.
It was alleged that the group convened meetings and recruited people to join a rebel group known as Uganda Democratic Federation and to successfully do this, they conducted reconnaissance in Karma and Kabamba barracks with intensions of attacking them.