First witness pins Col. Bantariza

Hearing of the fraud case against Col. Shaban Bantariza kicked off this afternoon.

The former army spokesperson appeared before seven members of the General Court Martial chaired by Brigadier Moses Ddiba Ssentongo.

Two prosecution witnesses including Maj Alfred Kamusaala a former administrator at the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi pinned Bantariza.

He told court that Bantariza brought about divisions at the Institute, harassed them threating staff with dismissal, which killed their morale.

Bantariza is charged with conduct prejudicial to good order, ill treatment of subordinates, alongside fraud charges.

Prosecution alleges that Col Bantariza diverted 500 liters of fuel meant for the institute’s activities to private use.

Bantariza is also alleged to have received a tractor donated to the institution by the Ministry of Finance but he claimed to have purchased it at 67 million shillings.

The case has been adjourned to November 19th for further hearing.