Former commander of the Ugandan contingent under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) was on Thursday released on bail pending trial.
Col Bosco Mutambi is charged in connection with the September 1, 2015 al-Shabaab attack on the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) base at Janaale, Somalia which left 19 soldiers dead.
Col Mutambi is charged with failure to execute his duties and failure to brief his superiors about the attack.
The General Court Martial chairman, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, ruled that no evidence had been presented to suggest Col Mutambi would interfere with the investigations as alleged by the prosecution. “The accused person has no criminal record; he is of advanced age. He is hereby released on a non-cash bail of Shs5m,” Gen Gutti ruled.
Col Mutambi was ordered not to leave Kampala without court permission and to report to the court registrar twice a month.
The case was adjourned to September 5 to allow the prosecution conclude investigations.