Col Bantariza Pinned In NALI Funds Case

clinic sans-serif; color: #222222;”>According to the 42 year-old Maj. Everest Byarugaba who was a Financial capsule sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Officer at NALI for five months before the accused was halted from work due to this saga, the UPDF colonel was in charge of money coming from State House to the institute and that generated from the activities of the institute leaving Byarugaba to handle only money that came from the defence headquarters.

The witness told court chaired by Brig Moses Ssentongo that Bantariza being the overall commander of the institute, was in charge of the entire unit and him (Bantariza) together with other three officers were the only signatories on the NALI account onto which money from State House was being sent.

Maj. Byarugaba explained that on finding out this, he discussed it with the accused who immediately promised to scrap one of the other officers from being signatories and replace him with Byarugaba.

The UPDF major further explained to court how officers at the institute regularly complained of some irregularities in their allowances stressing that many of these were concerned of little allowances as compared to what they were supposed to get which he said forced them to write to the headquarters about the mismanagement of the institute.

The witness revealed to court of how Bantariza had appointed his spouse to work as a pay clerk at the institute but noted that he was not aware of who appointed her considering the fact that she was a civilian and reported directly to Bantariza.


Meanwhile, Bantariza’s lawyers led by Frank Kanduho and Capt Nasser Drago requested the court to drop the charges against their client for failure by the prosecution side to align all witnesses in time which they said was a weakness on the state.

However, prosecution led by Capt Gerald Bamwitirebye the purpose of the court process is to bring about justice adding, that court can adjourn from time to time and place to place in order to bring about justice but that justice hurried is justice denied.

Prosecution further noted that Col Bantariza is charged with 7 counts which are all grave and require more evidence to be adduced.

The Court chairman Brig Ssentongo adjourned the case to May 30, for further hearing.

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