UPDF Soldiers Dismissed For Failure To Protect War Material

Uganda’s army, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) court martial sitting in Moroto district has dismissed with disgrace two soldiers for alleged failure to protect war material. 

They are RA 134929 Lance Corporal Isaac Okeng and RA 190935 Private Awalu Mugisha attached to 35th Battalion-Nakapiripirit district.

Pte. Mugisha Awolu (L) and Lcpl. Isaac Okeng ponder the next move after being dismissed from the UPDF in Moroto.
Pte. Mugisha Awolu (L) and Lcpl. Isaac Okeng ponder the next move after being dismissed from the UPDF in Moroto.

The duo was found guilty of failure to protect war material on Wednesday by the UPDF 3rd Division Court Martial chaired by Col. John Tumwebaze.

The convicts will each serve 4 years at Moroto Central Government Prison before going home without benefits.

Col. John Tumwebaze said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to the rest of the soldiers serving across the country.

He asked the offenders to appeal within 14 days. Under section 221 of the UPDF act, sentence of imprisonment for two years or more imposed on any person subject to military law shall be deemed to include a dismissal with disgrace from the defence forces.

The same court also exonerated Privates Christopher Mande and Abbey Muhanguzi the offences of failing to protect war material. Both were sentenced to a caution and set free for lack of sufficient evidence. Both soldiers are also attached to 35 battalion located in Nakapiripirit district.

So far the UPDF 3rd Division Court Martial has dismissed with disgrace over 25 soldiers in the last five years. Most of them are still holed up in prisons in Eastern Uganda serving sentences ranging from two to 30 years.

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