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Itongwa cousin charged with treason

By Vision Reporter

Added 2nd February 2011 03:00 AM

DAVID Kikomeko, 42, who described himself as the chairman of the South Africa Democratic Party (DP) external wing has been charged with treason.

By Hillary Nsambu

DAVID Kikomeko, 42, who described himself as the chairman of the South Africa Democratic Party (DP) external wing has been charged with treason.

Kikomeko, cousin to former Ugandan rebel Herbert Itongwa, was yesterday jointly charged with Moses Mugisha, 40, a businessman.

The two men appeared before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Grace Balintuma.

Court heard that between December 15 and 23, 2010, the two men, with others still at large, contrived a plot to form a rebel group, the Inter Joint Underground Liberators, to overthrow the Government by force of arms.

The group allegedly met at Bugema trading centre in Mbale Municipality.

The suspects were also charged with concealment of information regarding the plot to overthrow the Government of which they had knowledge.

The magistrate told them not to say anything because they were facing a capital offence, which can only be tried by the High Court.

They were also advised to apply for bail.
Balintuma remanded the suspects to Luzira Prison until February 16, when they will re-appear in court for purposes of extending their remand.

Kikomeko, a motor mechanic living in Cape Town, South Africa, said he is a cousin to Itongwa, who lives in exile in Europe.

Kikomeko appeared before court in Democratic Party colours (green and white) with the party initials, DP, embroidered on a sash he wore across his chest.

Speaking to New Vision at the court cells, Kikomeko said he was picked up by plain-clothed security operatives in Mbale, shortly after he had returned to Uganda to participate in the on-going political campaigns.

He added that since his incarceration, he has been sick, suffering from several ailments.
By press time, DP had not commented on the case.

Itongwa cousin charged with treason

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