THE General Court Martial has cleared the former army chief of staff, Brig. Nakibus Lakara, of charges of abuse of office and causing financial loss to the force.
Lakara was in 2004 arraigned before the court with two other officers over diverting sh50m to personal use.
The money was allegedly balance from the salaries of the soldiers at the Nakasongola Reception Centre.
Also cleared of the charges were Majors Julius Bakirana Akiiki, formerly head of VEREX at the UPDF headquarters and Robert Nsabiyunva, formerly the director of finance. The three were cleared by the General Court Martial chaired by Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta.
However, Lakara faces other charges of allegedly inflating the army payroll and embezzlement of sh210m.
He is also accused of disobeying lawful orders of the Commander-in-Chief. He will make a defence on April 22.
Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni has appointed a new member to the General Court Martial.
Lt. Col. A. A. Ndahura was sworn in on Wednesday by the courtâ€™s chairman, Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta. He replaces Lt. Col. D. Kasura Kyomukama, who is the new chief of personnel and administration.
Army Court Martial clears Brig. Lakara