THE General Court Martial has ruled that Col. Poteli Kivuna, the former second division commander and Lt. Col. Dura Mawa, the former 507 Brigade commander, will be tried in camera over the creation of ghost soldiers, reports Maurice Okore.
The chairperson of the court, Lt Gen. Elly Tumwine (left), on Friday said the decision followed an application filed by the prosecution that a public trial might jeopardise national security.
Prosecution said the evidence to be adduced included discussions between the High Command and senior UPDF officers in operation areas, troop movement and deployment positions and intelligence information from Bombo Army headquarters.
The trial, over Kivunaâ€™s alleged diversion of sh500m meant for recruitment of UPDF soldiers in western Uganda in 2003 and Mawaâ€™s reported inflation of the armyâ€™s payroll with 468 ghosts, starts on August 5.
The duo also allegedly conspired to defraud the Government of sh64m, forging and submitted a list of ghost soldiers to the Army finance director.
of office â€œwith intent to defraudâ€.
They are jointly charged with Sgt. Bernard Turyamushanga, the former Division officer in charge of bills and Lt. Kenneth Ayebale, the former military assistant to former Army commander Maj. Gen. James Kazini and Capt. Michael Baryaguma.
Other cases being heard in camera are those of Brigadiers Henry Tumukunde, Nakibus Lakara and Stephen Kashaka.
Kivuna, Mawa for camera trial