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Court Martial gets new boss
Publish Date: Aug 03, 2009
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By Charles Ariko

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has appointed Brig. Bernard Rwehururu as the new chairman of the General Court Martial.

Rwehururu takes over from Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta who has chaired the court since August 2006.

Rwehururu was sworn in on Friday at a ceremony presided over by the chief of defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, and witnessed by the commissioner general of prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaijja.

Koreta said the Court Martial was facing challenges like underfunding that have affected its operations.

In most cases, he said, suspects accused are brought to court late thus slowing the process of justice.

Koreta explained that the court also handles cases forwarded by the Rapid Response Unit.

He said during his tenure, he inherited a backlog of cases, some of which are yet to be disposed of.

Nyakairima commended Koreta for his hard work, especially in handling the case involving the former army commander, Maj. Gen. James Kazini.

Nyakairima said the case involved one of the most high profile personalities tried by the Court Martial.

He said Kazini’s case was a military service issue although there were attempts to politicise it.

Nyakairima noted that the Court Martial is an important organ of the army, which oversees discipline in the force.

The court also helps build confidence among its staff and the public, Nyakairima said.

“This court is important in the delivery of justice. It can try any soldier irrespective of rank.”

He advised that lower courts be strengthened so that fewer cases are forwarded to the General Court Martial.

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