National
Which vehicle consumes 1,000 litres of fuel a day?
Publish Date: May 08, 2014
Which vehicle consumes 1,000 litres of fuel a day?
The chairman of the General Court Martial Brigadier Moses Diba Ssentongo. PHOTO: Peter Busomoke
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By David Lumu

The chairman of the General Court Martial, Brigadier Moses Diba Ssentongo, first nodded. Then in a startling tone, he asked how a vehicle can consume 1,000 litres of fuel every day for three consecutive times.


“In three days a vehicle took 1,000 litres every day! What type of vehicle is this?” he asked.

Then his colleague on the bench, Major Jane Mukasa quickly answered: “May be a tank.”

“I don’t think so. A tank cannot move so far in battle to require 1,000 litres of fuel every day. We might need to access the capacity of the engine of these vehicles,” Ssentongo probed further.

Ssentongo was responding to Major Yusuf Kimbugwe’s testimony against Major Alex Kirabo, who is battling charges of diverting over 5,000 litres of fuel and endangering the operation efficiency of AMISOM in Somalia.

Kimbugwe, the current AMISOM Uganda Contingent Military Transport Officer told court on Wednesday that some vehicles had no meter –readers.

Detailing how UPDF officers stole fuel, Kimbugwe also said that soldiers who were in charge of fuel distribution in Somalia didn’t know the vehicles that the various sub-contingents were using for operation.

“These are the anomalies that existed. We assumed that all vehicles given fuel belong to our battle groups. Vehicle meters were not functioning. We measured their fuel consumption basing on hours spent in the field,” he said.

Kimbugwe took over from Major Alex Kirabo in September 2013 as the Military Transport Office (MTO) of the Uganda AMISOM contingent in Somalia.

However, Marion Sunday Ben Bella, the defence lawyer for Kirabo said that these anomalies cannot be blamed on Kirabo.

The case was adjourned until May 12 after Captain Fredrick Kangwamu, the state\UPDF lawyer, asked court for more time to prepare other witnesses. Kirabo, who is in dentation at Makindye military barracks, was arrested in January after appearing before an investigation team set up by President Yoweri Museveni in 2013 to investigate the alleged selling of fuel meant for military operations in Somalia.
 

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 digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Makerere University has canceled graduation fees increment following a students strike...
Makerere backtracks on graduation fees
Graduation fees will remain unchanged, Makerere University administration has announced....
Amama should declare his interests - DP
THE Democratic Party (DP) has said that short of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi being held accountable for alleged wrongs committed while still in good books of the NRM...
Pistorius gets five years in jail for killing girlfriend
South African Paralympian star sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the killing of his girlfriend last year, as his sensational trial reached a climax....
Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison
SOUTH African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius today learns his sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine''s Day last year, bringing an end to a seven-month trial that gripped the nation....
World Bank hails Uganda over Ebola fight
THE World Bank has applauded the way Uganda dealt with the Ebola epidemic in the year 2000, Maria Kiwanuka, the finance minister has revealed upon her return from Washington...
Do Ugandan tycoons prepare their children to take over their business empires?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter