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9 ADF Suspects Face Terrorism Trial 

The International Crimes Division of the High Court, presided over by Justice Richard Wejuli, has confirmed charges of terrorism and belonging to a terror organization against nine suspected terrorists of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Justice Wejuli confirmed the charges on February 27, 2024, following a pre-trial hearing in which fourteen people were accused.

Among the accused persons were Muwonge Yusuf, also known as Ssemaganda Hanza or Danze Robert, Kiyemba Ismail, Bogere Muniru, Jjuko Bashir Kiwanuka alias Fred, Kisiitu Mohammed, Bakyayita Hamuza, Matiwa Huzaifa Ismail, Wambedde Twaha, Nsubuga Nadir Faisal, Ishaq Jero, Kiryowa Jamadah Afan alias Wakida, Ssebuya Hassan, Musinguzi Sadiq, and Bbumba Ammar, known as Umar.

The group is said to be responsible for the creation and deployment of improvised explosive devices during acts of terrorism in the country, spanning from 2021 to 2022.

The prosecution alleged that Muwonge Yusuf and Kiyemba Ismail, on November 4, 2021, in Kireka-Bbira Village, Wakiso District, were found in possession of an improvised explosive device (IED) within a blue chest bag.

Furthermore, Kiyemba Ismail was found in possession of an IED on November 30, 2021, in Kijapani Village, Wakiso District.

Additionally, the prosecution presented evidence suggesting that the remaining accused persons had affiliations with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), deemed a terrorist organization, between 2017 and the present day.

“Following meticulous deliberation, the court confirmed terrorism charges against Muwonge Yusuf, alias Ssemaganda Hanza, alias Danze Robert, and Kiyemba Ismail,” reads a brief statement from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

It adds: “The court further confirmed the charges of belonging or professing to belong to a terrorist organization against Kiyemba Ismail, Wambedde Twaha, Nsubuga Nadir Faisal, Ishaq Jero, Kiryowa Jamadah Afan alias Wakida, Ssebuya Hassan, Musinguzi Sadiq, and Bbumba Ammar alias Umar.”

However, charges against Bogere Muniru, Jjuko Bashir Kiwanuka alias Fred, Kisiitu Mohammed, Bakyayita Hamuza, and Matiwa Huzaifa Ismail were not confirmed due to insufficient evidence, resulting in their acquittal.

Since 2021, the ADF, an affiliate of ISIL, has carried out a number of attacks in the country, including a twin suicide bombing on November 16, 2021, in central Kampala that left 7 people, including 3 attackers, dead.

Additionally, two other people died in October 2021 when an explosion went off on a bus moving from Kampala to Bushenyi in western Uganda.

Other attacks that the government blamed on the ADF include the June 2023 attack on Lubiriha Secondary School in Kasese district that left dozens of students dead and others abducted.

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