5 February 2013

Uganda: Court Throws Out Aronda Coup Talk Case

The Nakawa Chief Magistrate's court today rejected an application for criminal summons to be issued for the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Aronda Nyakairima over comments he made about the possibility of a coup.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Joyce Kabaje refused to sanction the charges, sought by Luweero Woman MP Brenda Nabukenya on grounds that the application was incompetent. She said private criminal proceedings must be accompanied by a letter from the local authorities. Kabaje added that her court had no jurisdiction to entertain this case, because Aronda is a resident of Buziga, which is in the jurisdiction of Makindye Magistrate's court.

She advised Nabukenya to channel her complaint through the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for better management. Nyakairima made the alleged utterances during a press briefing at the ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, last month. But Nabukenya's lawyer Julius Galisonga was not done.

"Aronda made the remarks in Mbuya, which is within the jurisdiction of this court; so, we cannot rush to Makindye where he stays, that is why we are going to appeal this ruling," he said.

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