Crime & Investigation

Brig Ondoga Judgement Date Set

Brig Ondogaat Makindye General Court Martial this week (Photo: Michael Nteza/ChimpReports)

The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Mufti, sildenafil Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubajje has ordered mosques across the country to organize respective prayers for the departed rival Mufti, Sheikh Zibair Kayongo.

Mubajje directed all mosques yesterday to hold Salatul Ghaib prayers for the deceased just hours after the sad news of Kayongo’s passing on at Aga Khan Hospital in the neighboring Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam.

Kayongo, 83, was also praised by both USMC and Kibuli faction as a great Muslim scholar who imparted his knowledge to many Muslims in the country. He succumbed to heart attack after few days of illness.

Sheikh Mubajje also released a statement yesterday sending out his commiserations to the departed colleague in faith who broke away from the USMC headquartered at Old Kampala with a considerable numbers of followers to establish a parallel leadership at Kibuli Mosque Kampala where they are operating to this day.

The body of Kayongo is expected to be at Kibuli Mosque this morning and in the afternoon shall be taken to his ancestral home, Lwamatta in Kiboga district where shall be laid to rest according to a program seen by this website.
Makindye General Court Martial has set April 21 to deliver a judgment in cases against the former commander of the Ugandan peacekeeping contingent in Somalia Brig. Michael Ondoga relating to Somalia Operations.

Brig. Ondoga and Lt Col Sam Kirya, pills former information officer at the mission, are accused of failure to perform their duties while in Somalia.

The duo is alleged to have given false information about the enemy’s position at Janale and Sharambot and failing to stop an illegal power connection at Aljazeera Training Center in Somalia.

Brig. Ondoga is also charged with failing to investigate the circumstances under which his junior, warrant officer 11 Kenneth Mugisha deserted the mission.

The Brigadier who has been on remand since October last year, is accused of interfering with the process of the law and disobeying lawful orders, thereby jeopardizing the Ugandan troops’ operational efficiency in Somalia.

While presenting the final submission in the case this week, Major Fredrick Kangwamu informed court that the state prosecution has done everything to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offences.

Ondoga denies the charges.

The date was set Thursday by General Court Martial chairman Maj. Gen. Levi Karuhanga.

Maj. Loziro Nuwagaba, a former field commander in Somalia, told court in 2014 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.


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