SFC Soldiers, Police officers remanded for leaking security information and attempting to overthrow government

Twelve people among them three soldiers of the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) – an elite army unit that guards the president and other important dignitaries and five policemen have been remanded for allegedly disclosing security related information.

The suspects were arraigned before the Makindye-based General Court Martial chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti. They denied charges of offences related to security. They were remanded to Makindye Military and Luzira Prisons until August 19 for mentioning of their case.

The police officers charged are Inspector of Police Peter Ayebare, attached to Cyber Crime Unit at Naguru Police headquarters; Detective Constable Tadeo Judas Opendo, attached to Special Investigations Division at Kireka; Special Police Constable Martin Kimbowa an officer attached to the Witness Protection Unit; Police Constable Swadafi Marutre attached to Naguru Police Headquarters; and Police Constable Felix Oyugi attached to Counter Terrorism Unit at Entebbe Airport.

The suspected soldiers include CPL Abdallah Ajobe, a guard at Nakasero State House; Pte Paul Okweny, an engineer in SFC; and Private Henry Obong.

It is alleged that the suspects were arrested and detained about a year ago and they have since been in incarceration.

Other suspects are Wilson Atekateka, a resident of Lukuli in Makindye Division; Moses Kasiba, a UPDF informer; Difas Frank Nyindo, a mechanic and resident of Naluvule in Nansana Town Council and Silver Olinga Elwelu, a cleaner.

 

Prosecution alleges that between March and September 2018 in Kampala and Wakiso districts, the suspects held various meetings and registered civilians and soldiers with the aim of recruiting them into rebel activities.

The state alleges that the subversive activities were a plot to overthrow the government by putting the security of the army at risk.

Maj Samuel Masereje, the prosecutor,   asked court to adjourn the case saying that investigations into the matter were still ongoing.

The law

Section 130 of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Act provides for offices relating to security.

Section 130 (1) (a) states that a person subject to military law who;-

(a) discloses by word of mouth or by document, confidential information to the enemy or to unauthorized members of the defence forces or the public

(b) talks about or discusses any confidential information in unauthorized places or with authorized persons within hearing distance of unauthorized persons;

(c ) gives a parole, watchword, password, countersign or identification signal different from that which he or she received or without authority, alters or interferes with any identification or other signal; commits an offence and is, on conviction, liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years.

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