President Museveni has appointed Brig Moses Ddiba Sentongo as new chairman of the General Court Martial.
Brig Sentongo replaces Brig Fred Tolit whose term expired early this month.
Brig Tolit, who took over from Lt Gen Charles Angina, assumed office in June 2012 and is expected to hand over to Brig Sentongo on Friday.
The out-going military court chairman formerly served as the defence attaché at the UN headquarters in New York and worked in various capacities in the army.
Sources at the court said that Brig Tolit’s term expired on June 7 and the new appointment of Brig Sentongo was communicated on June 11.
Brig Sentongo, a long-serving political commissar in the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), formerly served as Chief Political Commissar and Chief of Education and Sports.
Brig Sentongo formerly worked as Special District Administrator (SDA) in Tororo.
Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, the army spokesperson, could not confirm the development. He promised to provide the information as soon as he gets it.
Sources, who declined to be named because they are not allowed to speak to the press, commended Brig Tolit for disposing off protracted cases at the court, including the charges of spreading harmful propaganda against Brig Henry Tumukunde and Maj Nuwe Drago.
Brig Tolit is also remembered for chairing a one-month trial of Pte Patrick Okot who was convicted of shooting 10 people dead in Bombo.
They also applauded Brig Tolit for spearheading the facelift of the Makindye-based court premises.
According to court records, Brig Sentongo faces a challenge of offloading a backlog of cases involving suspects who were arrested with firearms and other capital offences against army officers.
Other cases include the one against Col Fenekansi Mugyenyi, an appeal by Cpl Herbert Rwakihembo challenging a 30-year imprisonment punishment, treachery charges against three people arrested over Mbuya Barracks attack among others.