SFC Soldier Dismissed From Army Over Illegal Possession of Pistol

Court Martial Chair Gen Andrew Gutti

Makindye General Court Martial has dismissed from the army Lance Corporal Medard Byamugisha, this attached to the Special Forces Command (SFC) – a force that is in charge the president’s security – after being convicted of unlawful possession of a Star Pistol with 5 rounds.

Byamugisha was earlier sentenced to three and a half years in jail the SFC Division Court Martial with two other people, this site for failure to protect war materials.

He pleaded guilty, decease confessing that on 14 may 2012, one Pte. Nicholas Ninjuka picked a pistol with five rounds and gave it to his brother Lance Corporal Edward Muramuzi who later passed it to him for safe custody, without any proof that he legally owned it.

Later as a search was being conducted in the barracks, the pistol was discovered in Byamugisha’s

Upon conviction, Byamugisha appealed to the General Court Martial stating that the three and half year imprisonment term was harsh for him because he was a first offender with a 20 year clean record.

In his ruling, Makindye Gen Court Martial Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti faulted the division court for failure to put in consideration the mitigating factors before sentencing the convict and thus reduced the sentence from dismissal with disgrace from the army and imprisonment to just  dismissal.

“The sentence awarded to the appellant accordingly bars him from any military service. We feel this was a harsh sentence to a person of young age, a first offender that we think is capable of reforming and becoming a good member of the society and a member of a reserve force who can be called upon to serve the country once the need arises,” ruled Gen Gutti.


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