Friday, April 14, 2017

Ugandan military defense counsel objects to involuntary retirement

A defense counsel in the Uganda People's Defence Force is suing over his involuntary retirement from the service. According to this report from The Observer:
A senior UPDF officer who was involved in the botched treason trial of General David Sejusa and the stalled treason trial of Nakawa municipality MP Michael Kabaziguruka has sued the government over unfair dismissal from the army. 
Major Ronald Iduuli lodged the suit following his sacking from the General Court Martial in Makindye, where his last position was that of a defence counsel. In his suit filed on April 6, 2017 at the civil division of the High [C]ourt, Iduuli is demanding over Shs 1 billion in compensation and damages. 
Iduuli has attached three government and army institutions or officers as respondents to his case. They are the attorney general, the chief government legal adviser; Maj Gen Joseph Musanyufu, the joint chief of staff; and Col Dr Gordard Busingye, the UPDF deputy chief of legal services. 
Iduuli, who joined the army in 1998 as a cadet officer, before becoming a lawyer attached to the court martial, says he served as a tank commander during the UPDF offensive against the rebel ADF in Congo and as a tank company commander in Operation Iron Fist against the LRA rebel group in northern Uganda. He says he suffered a very serious injury, which left him with a broken arm. 
Now, through Ojok Advocates, Iduuli says that on July 25, 2016, he was directed by the UPDF chief of legal services to vacate the office of defense counsel of the General Court Martial but was not appointed to any other position.

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