Yes, the High Court in Kampala sentenced Sheikh Yunus Kamoga and three other convicts to spend the rest of their lives in Prison on grounds of Treason and terrorism, the three judges of High Court’s International Crimes Court read out the shocking sentence a few minutes after 4pm on Tuesday in the court hearing.
The other convicts sentenced to life Fahad Kalungi, Muluta Mudde Bukenya and Siraje Kawooya. These four, all of them Muslim Leaders were sentenced and according to the judges’ ruling, they were fixed for failure to use their leadership positions to bring about harmony amongst their followers.
In the same ruling, the other two other treason convicts, Sekayanja Abdul Salaam and Kalungi Fahad were sentenced to 30 years in jail on grounds that for them they were not in leadership positions. A close look at the law, terrorism upon conviction attracts a minimum of 35 years and a maximum of life imprisonment, according to Sec 71(b) of the Anti Terrorism Act.
The Judges said they decided on such a harsh sentence, considering the gravity of the offense which was terrorism and also to send out a message to those who abuse their leadership positions. They were initially accused of orchestrating the deaths of Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga, Sheikh Abdu Kadhir Muwaya, Sheikh Hassan Kirya and attempting to murder Sheikh Harunah Jemba.
Sheikh Kamoga was found to have issued death threats to some of the victims and survivors by way of fliers. The judges also dismissed claims by defense lawyers that the evidence on which Kamoga and the other five were convicted was circumstantial, nothing that the evidence directed linked the convicts to the crime.