General David Sejusa’s aides have Friday lost an appeal at the Court Martial in which they were challenging the 15-year sentence that was slapped on them by the lower court.
Lance corporal Grace Nasasira Rwakyoozi and Lance Corporal Geoffrey Karuhanga who were attached to Special Forces Command’s Task Force Battalion and Two Tank Battallion, were convicted for treachery.
Private Frank Ninsiima, James Nayebare, Abel Twinamatsiko and Moses Nuwagaba, were convicted for aiding and abetting treachery.
Makindye General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti last year handed the soldiers a 15-year sentence in prison after finding them guilty of committing treason offences geared towards overthrowing the government.
They appealed against conviction on grounds that court failed to evaluate inconsistencies in the witnesses’ testimonies.
Lt Gen Gutti had ruled that prosecution produced 7 witnesses who have proved all the grounds required beyond reasonable doubt to secure conviction for the accused.
Justice Elly Turyomuhona said on Friday that none of the grounds the appellants raised could account for a miscarriage of justice.
They were then driven back to Kigo prison to end their jail term.
Sejusa ally speaks
Sejusa’s ally, Dr Vincent Magombe, the Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee and Press Secretary FU, said the 2016 convictions were illegitimate and sham.
“To quote the Senior pro-democracy campaigner, Rabba Naga “…Man deserves justice not only from fellow man but also from God.” Free Uganda calls on all patriotic Ugandans and all people of good will not to forget these heroes,” he said.
“We also pray that God’s guiding hand protect them from the enemies of the Land. With the People’s support and God’s Blessing, the heroes shall be free in the end, and Uganda will be free from the forces of darkness,” he added.