The General Court Martial has remanded city businessman, Sam Buchanan to Kigo prison for alleged unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. Buchanan appeared before the Makindye based General Court Martial chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti who read for him the charges.
Buchanan, who is the chairperson of Great Stickers International, which promotes professional kicking boxing, is well known for his flamboyant philanthropy.
Prosecution led by Maj Samuel Maserejje told court that on August 16, 2019, Buchanan a resident of Buziga in Makindye division was found in possession of a pistol and 18 rounds of live ammunition, which are ordinarily a monopoly of defense forces.
Buchanan declined to plead to the charges, saying he was being charged contrary to the cases he was picked up for. His lawyer, Frank Kanduho advised him not to plead to the charges until there is total disclosure of the matter before court.
As a result, Gutti entered a plea of not guilty to both charges and remanded the suspect to Kigo prisons until September 3 despite the lawyer's pleas for the suspect to be remanded to Luzira prison instead.
Buchanan was picked up from his home by operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) on Friday last week on allegations that he was involved in counterfeit currency deals with intentions of defrauding foreigners. However, the army could neither confirm nor deny the allegations levied against him.
He was charged in the military court a few hours after High court judge; Henrietta Wolayo declined to hear a habeas corpus application filed by his lawyers of M/S Johnson Njoki and Company Advocates against security chiefs and the attorney general.
The application was backed by an affidavit sworn by Buchanan’s wife, Patricia Magara, saying she last heard from him on Friday. Justice Wolayo adjourned the matter until Thursday arguing that Buchana’s lawyer needed to first serve the attorney general before the matter is heard.