National
Court Martial: UPDF officer admitted at Bombo army hospital
Publish Date: Aug 06, 2014
Court Martial: UPDF officer admitted at Bombo army hospital
Olanya is battling charges of sexual harassment, fuel theft, offences relating to guard duties, abuse of office and violence to his juniors and failure to execute his duties
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Pascal Kwesiga

The former commander of the 343 battalion of the Ugandan military contingent in Somalia has been admitted at Bombo army hospital in a critical condition
.

Lt. Col. Benson Olanya, who is diabetic, according to military sources, was transferred from Makindye military facility to Bombo army hospital in Luwero district last week after his condition deteriorated.

Olanya is among over ten senior UPDF officers facing trial over crimes they allegedly committed in Somalia where Uganda has peacekeepers under the auspices of the African Union.

Olanya is battling charges of sexual harassment, fuel theft, offences relating to guard duties, abuse of office and violence to his juniors and failure to execute his duties since last October. His attempts to secure bail have been futile so far.

The Military police spokesperson, Capt. Geoffrey Burushana, said Olanya who has a long history of diabetes was referred to Bombo hospital by doctors at the military police headquarters.

Brig. Michael Ondoga, the ex-commander of the Ugandan troop contingent in Somalia, who has also been in detention since October underwent a surgical operation at Bombo army hospital in May.

He has been denied bail several times. The deputy chief of defense forces, Lt. Gen. Charles Angina, said at the handover ceremony of the outgoing court martial chairman in Makindye on Friday “May be their cases were tricky. But they will get bail,” Angina served as court martial chairman in 2011.

It’s not clear when the trial of the senior officers will resume because the General court martial is currently trying suspects linked to the July 5 attacks on police and military facilities in Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko districts.

Also related to this story

Olanya threatened to castrate me - witness

Please give bail; I have HIV, UPDF officer asks court
 

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
Doctor calls for promotion of safe abortion
Every year, about 1,500 girls in Uganda die from complications resulting from unsafe abortion contributing to the slow progress in reducing the over 16 women who die every day...
Mulago to spend sh1.8bn on meals
UGANDA’S national referral health facility Mulago has made adjustments to the meals it serves its in-patients, with a special diet introduced...
God will punish the corrupt, says Bishop
THE Bishop of Madi diocese, Dr. Joel Obetia, has told the corrupt to beware of punishment from God for using the country’s resources to enrich themselves at the expense of poor Ugandans...
UN summit rallies global action on climate change
Some 125 world leaders are expected to commit to action on climate change at a UN summit Tuesday called to inject momentum in struggling efforts to tackle global warming....
Tinyefuza’s father hospitalized
THE father to exiled former intelligence chief Gen David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza, Simon Peter Rwajojo, has been hospitalized at Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) –Mulago after experiencing health complications...
Court rejects petition against VP Ssekandi
THE Constitutional Court has rejected a petition that sought to have vice president Edward Ssekandi removed from office over allegations by his political rival Jude Mbabali...
Should bride price be made optional?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter