The city hall magistrates’ court has sent on remand to Kiitalya government prisons 23 NUP diehards for being in possession of army related attires.
The grade one magistrate, Valerian Tumuhimbise has remanded the 23 until October 23, 2020.
The group is part of 132 persons, who were arrested on Wednesday this week during a joint security raid on the National Unity Platform offices at offices in different parts of Kampala where their offices are stationed,
Court heard that on the 14th of October 2020, the group was found wearing, selling, and manufacturing red beret, red-t-shirts, and posters that are considered government stores because they pose features similar to military, police, and prison attire.
They were charged with contravening section 170(1) (2) and (4) of the Penal Code Act by wearing uniforms designated for Security forces.
Section 170(2) of the Penal Code Act says that any person who, without the authority of the persons upon whose application an order under this section has been made, uses or wears any uniform, badge, button or other distinctive mark described in the order, or any uniform, badge, button or another distinctive mark so closely resembling the same as to lead to the belief that it is a uniform, badge, button or another distinctive mark so described, commits a misdemeanor
The 23 Bobi Wine supporters have, however, denied the charges.
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF ACT 2005 as amended under section 160 provides that the red beret is part of their marks, accessories, insignia, decoration and uniform.