Witness: Brig Ondoga Blunder Caused 9 UPDF Deaths


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cheap geneva;”>Maj. Loziro Nuwagaba, a former field commander in Somalia, told a court session chaired by Brig. Moses Ssentongo that “on January 7 2013, in a meeting of all commanders, Brig. Ondoga being the overall commander ordered his subordinates to deal with the enemy in the radius of 10-15 kilometres from their base in order to prevent the insurgents from ambushing convoys of senior officials and patrol vehicles.”

According to Nuwagaba, the operation was executed on 15 January the same year in two phases.

“The first one succeeded. However, the second one failed due to an operational mistake in which 7 civilians and 9 soldiers were killed in a friendly fire.”

The UPDF Major further accused Brig. Ondoga of authorizing the ill-fated mission, adding, “There was no way the attack would have taken place without the commander’s knowledge. Officers can’t execute missions without permission of their superiors.”

Nuwagaba further blamed Ondoga for writing to the Chief of the Defence Forces Gen. Katumba Wamala accusing him (Nuwagaba) of undermining his (Ondoga) commands and peddling lies against fellow commanders.

The witness told court the accusations against him were investigated and found to be false.

Brig. Michael Ondoga was last year arrested and detained for charges related to failure to brief his commanders in relation to the AMISOM operations in Somalia.

He is represented by Frank Kanduho and Capt. Nasser Drago while the state prosecution is led by Capt Fredrick Kangwamu.

Court was adjourned to June 12 for further hearing.


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