Jailed UPDF officer admitted in critical condition

Maj Jamil Sseguya, a former maintenance officer of the Ugandan military contingent in Somalia, has been hospitalised in a critical condition.

Maj Sseguya’s family yesterday said the senior army officer, who is on remand over alleged offences in connection with Somalia operations, is admitted to Bombo Military General Hospital.

“I developed breathing complications and they admitted me at Makindye but the situation worsened until I was brought here (Bombo),” he said in a brief interview from the hospital bed.

Maj Sseguya said his condition resulted from the nature of work which involves spraying that affected his lungs.His wife, Ms Hanifah Nassali, described her husband’s condition as on and off.

“We have been visiting him regularly but last week, I received a call that my husband was ill and found him admitted to Makindye Military Barracks but authorities on two occasions stopped me from spending a night there and it was Monday last week that he was brought here (Bombo) in a critical situation,” she said.

Capt Geoffrey Bushara, the Military Police spokesperson, confirmed Maj Sseguya’s admission to Bombo in a telephone interview.

“He was transferred from here (Makindye) to Bombo due to chest problem but right now, I cannot tell his condition,” he said.

Maj Sseguya has been on remand at Makindye Military Prison since January this year on accusations of failure to execute one’s duties in Somalia, which prosecution says the resulted in failure of armoured motor vehicles during operations.

Maj Sseguya is the second among the army officers on remand in connection with alleged offences related to Somalia operations, to be hospitalised.

Earlier on, Brig Michael Ondoga, the former commander of the Ugandan military contingent in Somalia, underwent an emergency medical operation after he collapsed in the military detention. Brig Ondoga has since been discharged and taken back to Makindye Military prison pending trial.

Maj Sseguya is also one of the senior soldiers whom the army suspended and placed under investigation before he was charged and remanded. A charge of failure to execute one’s duties is provided for under Section 134 of the UPDF Act of 2005.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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