UPDF officer in Court seeking 1.2 billion compensation for forceful retirement

By Ruth Anderah

A former high ranking UPDF officer has gone to Court seeking compensation to the tune of Shs 1.2 billion for forceful retirement from the army.

Major Ronald Iduuli who is the Former defense counsel at Makindye General Court marital (GCM) has dragged the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) through the Attorney General to the High Court for unlawful dismissal and forceful retirement from the army.

He has jointly sued the Attorney General and his former bosses Major Gen J.B Musanyufu and Colonel Dr Godard Busingye.

Maj. Iduuli wants court to issue an order compelling his bosses to compensate him with 1.2 billion resulting from his arrears, allowances and damages he has suffered since he was dismissed from the military.

Maj. Iduuli also wants court to declare that the actions of officers at chieftaincy of legal services in UPDF of removing him from the post of defense counsel at the General Court Martial without any message from the commander in chief without deploying him anywhere until his forced retirement were irrational and malicious.

He wants court to declare his bosses’ decisions as illegal and unconstitutional because he had not applied, attained the mandatory age, was not sick and didn’t fall in any of these categories as unconstitutional and illegal.

In the same application Iduuli wants court to issue orders prohibiting the UPDF from further harassing him adding that ever since he served the respondents with a Notice of intention to Sue he has been receiving threats of arrest which has caused him a lot of fear.