East Africa

Brig Ondoga, two others denied bail

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Former commander of the Uganda contingent in Somalia Michael Ondoga and two other soldiers were last evening remanded to Makindye Military Barracks over alleged failure to perform their duties and theft of food meant for soldiers in Somalia.

Brig Ondoga, Lt Col Sam Kirya, a former information officer at the mission, and former logistics officer, Capt Joy Atugonza, appeared before the Makindye-based General Court Martial chaired by Brig Moses Ddiba Ssentongo to apply for bail.

However, their application was not heard because it was filed yesterday, just hours before the court hearing, to which prosecution said “it was late.”

Brig Ssentongo further remanded the trio until November 12 and directed prosecution to respond to the applications in time.

Prosecution alleges that in October, Brig Ondoga, while aware of an impending advance operation from Afgooye-Baidoa which required 1,500 troops, he committed 1,000 troops which resulted into loss of lives.

It is alleged that he diverted 15,000 litres of fuel thereby endangering the operational efficiency.

Lt Col Sam Kirya was charged for allegedly giving false information about the enemy’s position.

The duo, was also charged with failing to stop an illegal power connection at Aljazeera Training Centre.

Capt Atugonza was charged alone on five cases, including failure to ensure proper supply of food to the soldiers, failure to plan leading to shortage of food, water and issuing forged documents. The trio denied the charges.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com

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