The cabinet in Uganda has paved the way for senior figures including the president's brother to be tried for corruption and wasting state resources.
Many Soviet Mi-24 Krokodil attack helicopters are still in service
The officials are accused of wasting millions of dollars buying two unusable second-hand helicopters from Belarus.
Lieutenant General Salim Saleh, President Yoweri Museveni's brother, now faces a court martial in a miltary court.
The helicopters cost the state close to $13 million but were of such poor quality that they could not be used.
The Ugandan cabinet took the decision to prosecute following a Commission of Inquiry which implicated Lieutenant General Saleh in the purchase of the helicopters over five years ago.
The inquiry found that the president's brother was offered a bribe of $800,000 by a car dealer and rally driver who was keen to secure the contract to buy the helicopters.
It describes the acquisition as a disastrous spending spree.
The Commission of Inquiry had recommended that all those implicated in the deal be tried in a criminal court.
But some of them, including the president's brother, will instead face a court martial.
Currently more than half of Uganda's budget is funded by donors but President Museveni's desire to increase defence spending in order to fight a rebellion in the north has not gone down well with the donors.
If he accesses more funds, ironically, top of the president's shopping list are more helicopters.
Also facing a court martial is former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye who is now living in exile.