The Constitutional court has issued an interim order halting the trial of Nakawa Municipality MP Michael Kabaziguruka before the General Court Martial until the final hearing and determination of a petition he filed questioning the legality of this Army Court.
Presiding Justice Remmy Kasule ordered that the trial which was scheduled to commence tomorrow before the seven members of Army Court is suspended until the 31st/January 2017.
The said order has been issued in the presence of Jane Francis Nafuma who represented the Attorney General and Medard Ssegona, Kabaziguruka’s advocate.
The state alleges that Kabaziguruka connived with serving army officers to contrive a plot to overthrow the Government of Uganda between February and June last year.
He spent several months on remand at Kigo prison until October last year when he was granted bail by the High court.
He then petitioned the Constitutional court calling for dissolution of the General Court Martial on grounds that it is unlawfully established and has no powers to either try civilians or UPDF officers as its jurisdiction is limited to instilling discipline in errant soldiers.
In the petition Kabaziguruka also seeks for orders discharging him and any other persons facing trial before the court which he terms as an administrative tribunal.