Tororo: 3 UPDF officers remanded for mismanagement of funds, equipment for Rubongi military hospital

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Three Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) officers were remanded to Makindye Military Police Barracks for mismanagement of Rubongi Military Hospital in Tororo District.

Maj. Joel Mugabi Butaaho, Maj. Justus Mugenyi and Capt. William Serumaga all residents of Rubongi Military Hospital and were attached to the hospital as Quartermaster, Administration officer and Political Commissariat, were on Wednesday arraigned before the General Court Martial and charged with fraudulent offenses.

The military court presided over by Brigadier Robert Freeman Mugabe heard that the officers and others still at large mismanaged drugs, X ray films and unspecified amount of emergence funds which were all meant for Rubongi Military Hospital.

The suspects allegedly committed the offense during the months of May, June and July 2022.

But the accused persons however denied the charges and the prosecutors led by Lt. Alex Rasto Mukhwana informed court that investigations are still ongoing.

As a result, the defense lawyers led by Captain Nsubuga Busagwa complained that his clients have been on remand for some time and wondered why the prosecutors have not been able to conclude investigations.

Nsubuga asked court to fix the case for hearing as soon as possible saying that the accused have been under the detention at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.

As a result, the Judge Advocate Col. Richard Tukacungurwa advised the court to adjourn the case for mention and see whether the inquiries will be complete by next date. The accused were thus remanded until September 20th 2022 as investigations continue.

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