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Four UPDF soldiers dismissed with disgrace

 

Kitgum | The 5 Division Court Martial chaired by Colonel Ismail Sendagire has dismissed with disgrace four (4) soldiers from the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces.

Each was sentenced to serve one year of imprisonment.

The sentence follows their public trial was held at Lagot Parish, Mucwini Sub-county in Kitgum district where they were charged for the torture of Omon Nelson on December 11, 2023.

The convicts, in a viral video, were seen torturing Omon, drawing public outcry.

“This court therefore hereby sentences you Corporal Odong Richard Burton, Private Mongu Acel Sunday, Private Ogwang Denish, and Private Omara Martin Henry to dismissal with disgrace from the Defence Forces and imprisonment for one year at Uganda government prison Lira,” Col Sendagire said.

Private Omara Morish was acquitted after charges against him were dropped.

The Resident District Commissioner of Kitgum, Ebil Jimmy Sseggawa commended the Court for doing its work diligently and publicly, showing justice to Ugandans.

“Don’t fear that we’re taking away Lagot detach, instead we’re tightening the security for the good of our country,” the RDC added.

He urged the locals to collaborate with security agencies and advised them to desist from acts of injustice.

The Deputy Defence Spokesperson Col Deo Akiiki urged the citizens to utilize the security to engage in productive economic activities especially, agriculture.

“You should use the peace and develop yourselves and our country, in general, to engage in government development programs like Parish development model, Operation Wealth Creation, among others,” said Col Akiiki.

The local community was happy with the judgement that was delivered by the UPDF 5 Division Court Martial.

By Arao Denis

 

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