Members of the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces’ (UPDF) Division Court Martial (DCM) for General Headquarters that sits in Bombo barracks were on Wednesday sworn in to serve for a one-year term.
These were recently appointed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is the Commander-In-Chief of the UPDF. This came after the expiry of the last instrument in May 2020.
The Judge Advocate, Maj Moses Emitu administered the swearing-in process. Members swore to try accused persons before the court based on evidence and to administer justice in line with the UPDF Act 7 of 2005 with impartiality, and no favor or affection.
They also swore not to communicate or disclose on any account at any one time to anyone the court proceedings.
This court is now chaired by Col Edison Muhanguzi, the Political Commissar is Lt Col Patrick Matovu, Maj GM Bamwitirebye is the Prosecutor with Lt AO Awiya as the Defense Lawyer.
Other members are Lt Col Milton Simba, Maj DO Obadiah Ngobi, Capt MR Tarimpayo, Capt JE Kamayonza, and WO1 Ssekalombi Mariam. L/Cpl Wambwa Rogers Joel is the court clerk.
Upon swearing in, the court immediately kicked off with business.
The court partially handled two cases involving S/Sgt Aliganyira M Eria charged with failure to protect war material, and Sgt Batabaire David charged with fraud, both acts being contrary to the UPDF Act 7 of 2005.
The duo applied for bail but it was denied after prosecution contested on grounds of security and public safety. The former also had other pending charges in the Unit Disciplinary Committee.
The Courts in the UPDF are Court Martial Appeal Court that sits in Makindye, General Court Martial in Makindye, Division Court Martial in all the UPDF Divisions, and Unit Disciplinary Court at Brigade level.