UPDF Officer Dismissed For Desertion

A  UPDF officer employed by Kapchorwa Local Government was on Thursday dismissed with disgrace from the armed forces by the Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC) of the Third Division Garrison sitting at Bugema barracks in Mbale district.

Lt. Jimmy Cherotich reportedly deserted in 2009 after he was granted a pass leave to go and solve domestic issues. However, after completion of the mandatory 21 days, the officer did not show up in his unit of deployment.

Prosecution heard that Cherotich who was formerly attached to Kaweweta Army Training school in Nakaseke district opted to join Kapchorwa local government where he was posted as a Community Development Officer at Kawowo Sub County. After successfully working from 2010 to 2011, Cherotich was elevated to the position of a Sub County Chief of the same area.

He was netted by the military intelligence in the month of June 2013 and detained at Bugema tactical headquarters.

The UDC chaired by Maj. Francis Sekaye charged the officer with the offence of absence without official leave (AWOL). He pleaded guilty on his own plea and was sentenced to one and half months imprisonment with dismissal from the force.

Meanwhile, the Third Division Court Martial sitting in Bugema-Mbale has on Thursday dismissed four soldiers with disgrace from the defence forces.

Privates, Robert Watuwa, Godfrey Wambulwa, Micheal Solimo and Francis Yokana who went missing from their station of duty between 2002 and 2012.

The four pleaded guilty before the court martial chaired by Col. John Tumwebaze. The soldiers were sentenced to serve jail terms ranging from one to two years in Malukhu government prison-Mbale.

Elsewhere, the 3rd Division Army spokesperson Lt. Jimmy Omara says August and September have been dedicated to trial of over 100 deserters currently in detention. He encourages the deserters holed up in the villages to come over and access justice.

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