Bobi Wine lashes at Chairman Court Martial Lt. Gen. Gutti
By Nabirye Edith
The National Unity Platform
president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine as through his official Facebook
page lashed at the Chairperson Court Martial Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti Gutti
asserting that he does not possess the qualifications of even the
lowest-ranking judicial officer thus he should not purport to decide the fate
of the hundreds of citizens that appear in Courts seeking justice!
“It's a pity that Lt. Gen. Andrew
Gutti who presides over the Military Court Martial yesterday sentenced comrade
Saanya Muhdyn Kakooza to 8 months in prison on purported charges of 'contempt'
of the kangaroo Court at Makindye.
The arbitrary sentence follows an
incident that occurred at the end of a military Court session on 15th February
when comrade Kakooza protested against the year-long detention without trial of
several supporters of the National Unity Platform
He and other 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. This is
political persecution, and comrade Kakooza was well within his constitutional
rights to call it as much.
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 offences no matter their gravity; and routinely issues some of the harshest
sentences ordinarily reserved for judicial officers with 10+ years of legal
practice. While executing his duties, Mr. Gutti exudes an acute lack of
conception of the most basic tenets of the right to a fair hearing. When lawyers
cite for him the law, he jails or threatens to jail them!
Friends, situations like the one in
which comrade Kakooza finds himself in today should strengthen our resolve of
ensuring that dictator Museveni’s regime leaves power. It is only then that
meaningful reforms can be undertaken to shape how justice is dispensed in our
country. 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!” posted Bobi Wine