today's Pick
'UPDF instructors trained Al-Shabaab fighters'
Publish Date: Apr 15, 2014
'UPDF instructors trained Al-Shabaab fighters'
Al-Shabaab fighters
  • mail
  • img

By Pascal Kwesiga

UPDF instructors trained ten Al-Shabaab fighters using African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) facilities on instructions from their commanders.

Lance Corporal, Jackson Byabagambi, told the General Court Martial in Makindye, a Kampala suburb, Tuesday that the ten Al-Shabaab fighters were trained at Aljazeera training ground shared by AMISOM troops and Somalia National Army (SNA) last May.

Maj. Frank Kawero, formally the training officer at Aljazeera training school and Capt. Hassan Wantimba, formally the school’s chief instructor, are facing trial for having allegedly sneaked the Al-Shabaab fighters into the military facility to attend training on firing guns.

Byabagambi told court presided over by, Brig. Moses Ssentongo, that the alshabab fighters were trained under instructions from Watimba. He added that the SNA commandant in the camp stopped them from training the group because they were not known and their training had not been scheduled.

 “Watimba and Kawero then met the SNA commandant. After their meeting, Watimba told us to continue with the training without worry, but he asked us not to use SNA facilities,” Byabagambi said.

The witness explained that the two weeks training took place at the time when the AMISOM commandant from Ethiopia was on leave and he had left Watimba and Kawero in charge.

During examination by prosecutors Capt. Gerald Bamwitirebye and Lt. Ambrose Baguma, the witness said before the group arrived in the camp for training, Watimba told them to be prepared to train “a group” from alshabab

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
An attack by Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has left at least 24 people dead, including a United Nations peacekeeper, the UN said Monday...
HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients: report
Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at "the last mile", an international medical group said Monday....
Cecafa: Uganda through to semifinals
Farouk Miya strikes once again to help Uganda beat Malawi and qualify for the semifinals....
Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Vincent Kirabo as the new Bishop of Hoima Diocese....
Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Mutebi meets Pope Francis
Pope Francis met with the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda on Saturday at the residence of Kampala Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Lwanga in Lubaga....
As it happened: Day 2 of Pope in Uganda
Relive a fully packed day when visiting Pope Francis wraps up a tight schedule in Uganda....
Do you think Uganda is winning the fight against AIDS?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter