NUP councillor James Mubiru detained
The General Court Martial ordered Mubiru to be detained at Makindye military barracks until April 23, 2021. FILE PHOTO

James Mubiru, a Rubaga North NUP Councillor was last week whisked away at Kasubi market in Rubaga division by what was believed to be security operatives

The General Court Martial in Makindye has ordered NUP Councillor James Apollo Mubiru to be detained over charges of being in possession of military attire.

Mubiru, a Rubaga North Councillor was last week whisked away at Kasubi market in Rubaga division by what was believed to be security operatives who were travelling in a drone.

Before his arrest, Mubiru had been using both mainstream and social media to rally Ugandans to engage in peaceful protests demanding the release of NUP supporters who were arrested falsely before, during and after the January elections.

For days, Mubiru’s whereabouts were not clear to his family and friends nor his party colleagues. NUP supporters over the weekend held mourning for Mubiru projecting that he together with all their missing colleagues were killed by the state.

However, information circulated on various social media platforms on Monday citing that Mubiru was still alive and was due to be presented before the army court in the afternoon.

Mubiru was arraigned before the army court chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti and charged for cases among others donning on a red beret affiliated to the military attire.

‚ÄúOn November, 18,2020 at Nakulabye, you were found putting on a red beret which is a monopoly of the armed forces and act which is contrary to section 164(i) of the UPDF Act 2005,‚ÄĚ Gutti read.

Mubiru however, told the court that the charges imposed on him are false. In response, Gutti said that more investigations will be made concerning the allegations. He, however, ordered Mubiru to be detained at Makindye military barracks until April 23, 2021.

This comes at a time when several other members, supporters of the National Unity Platform have been abducted by those in security and charged falsely.

The party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine last week said these are strategies used by President Museveni to try and weaken the opposition but warned they are more than determined to see an end of a dictatorship government.

He said many young NUP supporters with dreadlocks and tattoos who converge in groups have been targeted with arrests, taken to police stations and charged for ‘bogus’ claims.