The 2nd Division Court Martial in Makenke Barracks this morning sentenced a UPDF soldier to four years for robbing a civilian with a gun.
Court chaired by Col. Geoffrey Mujuni Rwamunyonyore heard that the suspect, sale RA/230814 Pte Aaron Okello attached to Makindye Barracks used his colleague’s gun to rob a civilian’s motorcycle in Kasese district.
The accused committed the said crime on 1st January 2017 at Butama Trading Centre in Kasese.
He is said to have robbed the motorcycle from one Julius Ninsima, doctor whom he asked to take him to Nyahuka Trading Centre but stopped him on the way and put him on gunpoint asking him to surrender everything he had.
Julius handed over the motorcycle keys and Shs. 50, generic 000 he had in his pocket to the armed soldier.
The accused officer pleaded guilty and Col. Mujuni sent him to spend 4 years in jail.
By default, the officer is also dismissed with disgrace from the army as his sentence exceeds two years.
Relatedly, a Congolese national claiming to be member of M23 rebel group named Dan Munyamuntu was also charged by the same court, having been found with an AK 47 and 90 rounds of ammunition on 1st May 2017 in Koranorya trading centre in Mbarara municipality.
His case was adjourned for judgment on 28th June 2017.
The 2nd division spokesperson Maj. Peter Mugisa noted that over 10 people were sentenced since yesterday on cases of desertion, robbery and aggravated rape and out of the 11 cases heard, court sentenced 5 soldiers.
These are RA/183753 Pte Martin Owing Okwenye who got 6months detention over desertion, RA/227166 Pte Mbabazi Julius (9months for failure to execute duties), Lt. Sam Obura Ogwanga (6 months over desertion), RA/219665 Pte Omal Wabomba for (1 and ½ years over for failure to protect war materials), and RA/205869 L/Cpl Simon Amuviat (5 months for careless shooting).
He noted that there a number of courts intended to discipline the armed forces of Uganda to maintain what is supposed to be done in forces, thereby encouraging the public to always report such errant officers violating people’s rights in forces.
“We would like people to come out and reveal any soldiers who are an errant; people should know that we come from them, we are their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.”