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Twelve men remanded over disclosing security information

Court has remanded 12 people over disclosing security information allegations. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA. Twelve people have been remanded to prison for allegedly disclosing security-related information.

The suspects including three Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers and five policemen were arraigned before the Makindye Military Court but the dozen denied the charges.

Lt Gen. Andrew Gutti who chairs the General Court Martial at Makindye remanded the suspects to Makindye Military and Luzira Prisons until August 19.

The suspects remanded are police officers including 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 Counterterrorism at Entebbe Airport.

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

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

It alleged that the suspects were arrested and detained by security about a year ago and they have since been in detention.

The 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 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.

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

The UPDF Act of 2005 provides for the offenses of relating to security where Section 130 (1) (a) states that a person subject to military law who discloses by word of mouth or by document, confidential information to the enemy or to unauthorized members of the defence forces or the public commits an offence and is, on conviction, liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years.

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