By Pascal Kwesiga
The General Court Martial has remanded Internal Security Organization (ISO) director of marines, Major Herbert Muramagi, to Makindye military police cells for a third time, after the State said it had not completed investigations.
The Army Court chairman, Brig. Moses Ssentongo, remanded Muramagi up to April 27 when his case will come up again for further mention before his trial commences.
Muramagi is facing charges of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline before the military court in Makindye, a Kampala suburb.
The State alleges that, Muramagi, with others still at large, plotted to kill his superiors between last May and February this year. He allegedly committed the offense in diverse places in Kampala.
The State also asked court to reject four senior UPDF officers Muramagi presented as sureties on grounds that they are not substantial.
State prosecutor, Capt. Fredrick Kangwamu, asked court to reject Majors Aguma Hatega, Were Melkzadeck, Charles Ndawula and Jackson Kakuru over inconsistences in their identification documents.
Kangwamu said the movement orders obtained by the four senior UPDF officers from the ISO director general, Brig. Ronnie Barya, granting them a three-month leave did not indicate the purpose for which they sought the orders.
He submitted that the documents the sureties obtained from their respective LCI leaders identified them as civilians yet they are military officers. “These documents from LCI officials do not have their ranks and service numbers. These are different people we are dealing with in court,” he added.
Kangwamu asked court to deny Muramagi bail, arguing that granting bail is not mandatory but discretionary
But Muramagi’s lawyer Allan Sseruliika asked court to ignore the state’s objections saying the sureties were senior officers of the UPDF.