Court Releases UPDF Airforce Officers Accused of Recruiting Ghost Pilot

Makindye General Court Martial has Tuesday released on bail two women accused of causing government a Shs. 2.7 billion shillings loss when they recruited a ghost  pilot in the Uganda People’s Defense Air force (UPDAF).

The two are Mrs Caroline Kyakabale, who worked as the UPDAF Human Resource Officer attached at the Ministry of Defense Headquarters, Mbuya and Evas Twinomugisha, the wife of Air Force Army Major Major Kapalaga Lubega.

These were represented in court by Lawyer Major (Rtd.) Ronald Iduuli.

The lawyer argued before court that his clients have a right to bail; their sureties were substantial and have fixed places of abode in the jurisdiction of the Count Martial.

The court chairman Lt General Andrew Gutti released these two on a non cash bail of Shs. 20 million shillings each, while each of their sureties was bonded Shs.10 million non-cash.

They were also ordered not to move outside Kampala unless granted permission by the court.

“The accused persons will have to report to the Registrar of this Court twice a month and failure of this you will have your bail cancelled,” he ruled.

The suspects’ co-accused Major Kapalaga Lubega who is attached to the UPDAF’s Katabi Barracks was not released because he did not apply for bail with the two in their second attempt.

The hearing of this matter has been adjourned to 21st August, and Major Kapalaga further remanded to Makindye Military prison

The Prosecution alleges that RO 05639 Major Kapalaga Lubega, Mrs Caroline Kyakabale and others still at large between the months of October 2005 and January 2016 caused the Ministry of Defense to enter into an employment contract with a non-existing pilot purportedly to be a Russian by Names Valerir Ketrisk.

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