Published On: Thu, Aug 4th, 2016

AMISOM officer asks court to release him on bail

The former battle group commander of the Ugandan forces under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has asked the military court to release him on bail, citing ill-health.

Col Bosco Mutambi is on remand at Makindye Military Barracks in connection with the September 1, 2015 attack on Janaale, Somalia.

Uganda lost 19 soldiers in the Lower Shabelle region in September 2015 after an attack was mounted on an African Union base they were manning by al-Shabaab militants.

Col Mutambi, who appeared before the General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, is charged with two offences of alleged failure to execute his duties and failure to brief subordinates about the operation.

In the application before court, Col Mutambi yesterday argued that he is suffering from systematic hypertension and injured spinal code, which conditions have been referred to specialised medical facilities.

“The condition is so serious that it needs physiotherapy which cannot be done on me while in custody. Even the cost of escorting me to and from the hospital can be too high,” the lawyers argued before presenting four sureties.

Col Mutambi, who presented medical forms, asked court to consider his advanced age and permanent place of residence in addition to the responsibilities he holds both in office and at home to grant him bail.

But prosecution objected, arguing that he would interfere with the ongoing investigations into the case.

The prosecutor, Maj Raphael Mugisha, said Col Mutambi is a prominent person in the country, who has served the force for 30 years where some witnesses have worked with him and are still under his command. The court set August 16 for ruling on the bail application.

The Monitor 

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