UPDF Soldier Denies Participating in Mbuya Barracks Attack

Court Martial building in Makindye

Private Kenneth Kalokwera, help one of the UPDF Soldiers accused of attacking Mbuya Barracks has denied participating in this mission.

The officer told court yesterday that on the contrary, he was among the officers deployed to protect the attacked Armory.

The Barracks which is also the Ministry of Defense Headquarters came under attack from armed men in March 2013. Their intention according to the army was to steal guns. One of the attackers was shot dead on spot while the others dispersed.

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Kalokwera 31, who joined the Army in 2004 informed court that on the day of attack, he had just arrived from Bombo Barracks where he had gone through Movement Order issued by Quarter Master, one Captain Matte.

“On 4th March 2013, I was drunk and I went to bed at 6pm. My wife together with my children woke me up in the night informing me of gunshots. Waking up, I heard four bullets and I moved out of my house dressed in civilian clothes and joined soldiers who were in the barracks,” remarked Kalokwera.

The officer says they were sent by the O.C to the armory where each soldier was handed a rifle and a full magazine. He says however, that they were not required to sign to for the guns.

Kalokwera however, seemed to contradict his earlier testimony that he signed for the PK riffle which he picked at the armory. He had earlier asked state to bring armory documents saying his signature was there.

The suspect who claims to have been wrongfully arrested among the attackers told court, “At CMI I was detained with a few of my workmates whose whereabouts I don’t know to this point.”

Court martial Chairman Gen Andrew Gutti adjourned further hearing of the matter to 9th January 2017 when the defense will produce more witnesses.

Lt Augustine Moro and Private Kenneth Kalokwera are facing charges relating to treachery and those relating to breach of guard duties contrary to the UPDF Act .


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