Shortly after visiting NUP supporter who was sentenced to eight months in prison, the leader of National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has lashed out at Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, the chairman of Military Court Martial and accuses him of lacking training to preside over military court martial.
The sentence follows an incident that occurred at the end of a military court session on February 15 when Kakooza protested against the year-long detention without trial of several supporters of the NUP.
It is alleged that Kakooza and other NUP supporters were abducted from different parts of the country shortly after the 2021 elections, tortured, and then secretly remanded to Kitalya Prison where they remain to date.
Kyagulanyi said this is political persecution, and Kakooza was well within his constitutional rights.
“For all intents and purposes, Gen. Gutti is a lay man. He has no credible legal training whatsoever, yet he presides over a court that claims to have original jurisdiction over any and all offenses no matter their gravity; and routinely issues some of the harshest sentences ordinarily reserved for judicial officers with 10+ years of legal practice,” said Kyagulanyi in a statement.
While executing his duties, Kyagulanyi claimed that Gutti exudes an acute lack of conception of the most basic tenets of the right to a fair hearing, adding that when lawyers cite for him the law, he jails or threatens to jail them!
“Men like Gutti who do not possess the qualifications of even the lowest-ranking judicial officer should not purport to decide the fate of the hundreds of citizens that appear in courts seeking justice,” he said.
Kyagulanyi made these remarks shortly after visiting Kakooza at Luzira Prison where he was transferred with some of his supporters.
Kakooza told Kyagulanyi that several attempts were made during the medical examination to coerce him to confess that he is a drug addict who was under the influence of marijuana when he protested before the Court Martial, and that promises were made to free him if he made the confession.