Crime & Investigation

PHOTOS: ‘UPDF Colonel Recruiting Rebels’

Lt Col Deziderio at Makindye court today (Photos: Michael Nteza/ChimpReports)

A high ranking Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) officer has been charged at Makindye Court Martial with offences  relating to security  contrary to section 130 (1) (f) of the UPDF Act of 2005.

Lt Col Balidda Deziderio, more about 57, search attached to Field Artillery Division Masindi, together with other two junior officers are accused of recruiting and providing confidential information to rebels to overthrow the government of Uganda,

The other suspects are Warrant officer 2 Robert Wanyama, 39 and Private Ivan Asiimwe, 27.

Prosecution alleges the trio with others at large in August 2016 at Naguru and Ntinda in Kampala and various places in Masindi District recruited soldiers and disclosed vital information to unauthorised personnel with intent to prejudice security of the defense forces.

Private Ivan Asiimwe  with WO II Robert Wanyama at the court

Private Ivan Asiimwe with WO II Robert Wanyama at the court

Cases of subversion have been on the rise in the armed forces in the last three years.

Appearing in court presided by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, the trio pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They did not object to any of the members of the panel.

The accused further informed court of their decision to use the State-appointed Defense counsel Major Asha Patra as their legal representative in this matter.

State Prosecutor Maj Raphael Mugisha asked court for an adjournment as investigations into the case were still underway.

Lt Gen Andrew Gutti set December 20 for mention of the case.


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