Over 40 supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) have been remanded to prison for allegedly possessing military fatigue unlawfully and holding illegal gatherings.
The group largely composed of Ugandan youths, were arrested on December 14 when Police and other security agencies raided the party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala.
They were remanded by the Magistrate Court at City Hall until October 23 for mention after they denied two charges of unlawful possession of military fatigue and illegal gatherings.
The male suspects were remanded to Kitalya Prison while the females were taken to Kigo Prison.
The suspects are accused of wearing red uniforms gazzetted for exclusive use by persons in the armed forces of Uganda.
The accused appeared before Grade One Magistrate, Mr Valerian Tumuhimbise who remanded them saying the court would hear their applications for bail in the next session.
The suspects include Ivan Ntulume, Abdul Baraza, Stephen Mutebi, Bisali Hussein, Martin Luwaga, Margaret Namuleme, Shadia Namatovu, Catherine Nabaka, Winnie Nakayiwa, Amina Nagawa, Joseph Kimbowa, Emma Muzaale and Jordan Sekyanzi.
Others are; Willy Wambi, Ibra Zirinsanga, Asuman Seruwagi, Umar Albashir, Amin Sadam, Ben Sekiwa, Ali Sekyanzi, Mubiru Sadat Saddam, Musoke Steven, Nsubuga Muzafaru, Robert Serwanja Bekakampa, Bazira Kiwanuka, Fred Luwaga, Hassan Busulwa, Willy Tomusange, Katongole Sadat Kigongo Paul and Shaban Gonyi Makale.
Their co-accused include; Salongo Kakonge Abdul Naser, Shafik Nsamba, Fahad Migade, Ssemakula Maamood, Moses MbabaziKawenje, Moreen Namwanje Kiggund, Lydia Bangi Agness and Ben Mukasa among others.
Prosecution alleges that on October 14 at Kamwokya in Kampala District, the suspects not being persons serving in any of the armed forces of Uganda were found wearing or in possession of uniforms or dresses bearing parts, having the appearance or close resemblance of the armed forces with distinctive marks of the security forces uniforms which include peeps and berates as to lead to the belief that if it is a uniform in such a manner or circumstance as to be likely to bring contempt on that uniform.
It is also alleged that the suspects were involved in a gathering in disobedience of lawful orders meant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
By the time the joint security raided at NUP offices, party leader and presidential aspirant Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert commonly known as Bobi Wine, and other party leaders were meeting youth leaders on the eve of parliamentary nominations.
Mr Kyagulanyi, who said he would challenge President Museveni in the February 2021 polls is however said to have escaped through the backdoor.
Brig Flavia Byekwaso, the spokesperson of Ministry of Defence and Uganda People’s Defence Forces, was Thursday quoted in the as saying that the suspects would be arraigned before the General Court Martial when their files are ready.
“We shall have a case conferencing with the police and see those to be charged in army court and who to charge in criminal courts,” Brig Byekwaso is quoted by the Daily Monitor.