Last Updated on: 3rd May 2023, 08:55 am
Kampala, May 3, 2023: The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) General Court Martial sitting in Makindye, Kampala on May 2, 2023, sentenced one of its own, Private Amaitum Clement Kapel, 26, to one year-and-ten months and twenty days imprisonment to Kitalya government prison.
The Court was chaired by Brig Gen Freeman Mugabe, the Chairman General of the Court.
Amaitum was charged with the offence of murder contrary to sections 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act Cap 120 on the 30th day of March 2021 and pleaded not guilty.
Since then, Private Amaitum has been battling murder charges, for causing the death of Private Peter Aloku on the night of 22 February 2019 at Kapeka road, heading to Singo training school in Nakaseke district.
Amaitum was a soldier of 45 battalion under BGXXV11.
When the case came up on April 24, 2023, counsel for the State Lt. Rasto Alex Mukhwana informed Court that they had agreed with the counsel for the accused that the charge be amended to manslaughter. The amended charge was read to the accused and he pleaded guilty to having killed a colleague while on a security operation in Nakaseke and therefore was convicted of his own plea of guilty.
Under the law, manslaughter contravenes sections 187 (1) and 190 of the Penal Code Act. The brief facts of the case were read to the accused and accepted to be true.
While passing the sentence, Brig Gen Freeman Mugabe who is the Chairman General of the Court Martial said having listened to both counsels for the State and accused and after Mitigations Court came up with a punishment of one (1) year ten (10) months and twenty (20) days imprisonment, the accused had been in lawful custody for the last four (04) years and in the Army for five (05) years.
He advised him to appeal in case not happy with the sentence within 14 working days.