Army Court Suspends Hearings as Team Runs out of Contract

Business at the Makindye based General Court Martial has been suspended following the expiry of the contracts of the military court members.

The 12-member-army court led by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti was given a one year contract which expired on June 9th, 2020 grounding work to a halt.

The other court members are, Maj. General Joseph Arocha, Lt Colonel Medard Bagambe, Captain Wilfred Karugwara, Lt. Faridah Amooti Kiiza, WO I John Chrysostom Kisembo, Col Richard Tukacungurwa (Judge Advocate) and Lt. Col Raphael Mugisha (Lead Prosecutor).

Others are Maj Samuel Masereje, Capt AB Katushabe, Maj John Bizimana (Registrar) and Maj. Kamanda Silas Mutungi (Defense counsel).

The reserve court members are Brig. George Etyang, Lt Col Henry Nevatone, Lt Col Sadler Katono, Lt Col Lydia Nandundu, Lt Henry Bunalema, Lt. Fatuma Njutti and WO Paul Katende.

Maj. Bizimana confirmed the expiry of the contracts of the court members, saying they have since stopped working pending communication from the Commander in Chief, President, Yoweri Museveni.

Since their contracts were renewed in July 2019, the team has concluded 46 out of the 91 cases that were registered during their previous term. This means that 45 cases are pending hearing before the same court.

Bizimana said that their target was to conclude 100 cases but were set back by the Covid-19 lockdown.

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