By: EPHRAIM KASOZI
Kampala: The Military Court has deferred the ruling on the bail application by former UPDF contingent commander of the Ugandan troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), Brig Michael Ondoga.
He was arrested in connection with the alleged failure to perform his duties and theft of food meant for soldiers in Somalia.
Brig Moses Ddiba Ssentongo, the chairperson of the Makindye based General Court Martial said the fate of the bail application by Brig Ondoga will be determined on notice.
“I need to inform you (Ondoga) that the ruling has been deferred and will be delivered on notice. This is because court has not deliberated on the matter,” held Brig Ssentongo yesterday evening.
Third attempt at bail
The pending application is the third attempt to have the senior army officer released pending trial in connection with numerous case files over Somalia operations since his remand on October 21 last year.
The decision followed hearing of the prosecution witnesses over the allegations of making false accusations against his junior commanders while in Somalia. It is alleged that Brig Ondoga on several occasions lied to the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, about juniors he was supervising in Somalia.
However, Amisom Deputy Contingent Commander, Brig Deus Sande, a state witness described Brig Ondoga as a commander of good conduct and integrity whom he has no grudge with.
“I was told by the team of investigators that there were allegations levelled against me by Brig Ondoga. They showed me a document of six pages and my name was number one on the list of officers who failed his command in Somalia,” Brig Sande testified.