Contact Information
We Are Available 24/ 7. Email Us.

Soldiers jailed for six months for Assaulting civilians while enforcing curfew in Uganda

 

UPDF army court-martial, at Gulu 4th division barracks, has jailed six UPDF soldiers for six months after assaulting women while enforcing curfew in Uganda.

 

The officers were alleged to be part of the security forces who assaulted civilians at Elegu border while  enforcing curfew amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Update: Court martial sentences soldiers to six months in jail for assaulting women while enforcing coronavirus curfew in Uganda (photos)

 

The incident that happened last week when a joint security team including Police and soldiers officers targeted 38 men and women who were residing in makeshift structures at Loriko West village, Elegu town council in Amuru district at around 8pm on April, 2, 2020, beating and torturing them in Uganda

 

 

The court-martial was chaired by the division court martial chairman Col. George Nambafu.

 

 

ALSO READ; Police Officer Arrested For Assaulting A Ports Worker For Picking His Friend (video)

 

Court heard that on Saturday, April 4, the suspects assaulted and injured people, most of whom were women, at Elegu border with South Sudan under the pretext of enforcing the President’s directives on coronavirus and curfew.

 

Update: Court martial sentences soldiers to six months in jail for assaulting women while enforcing coronavirus curfew in Uganda (photos)

 

The suspects included Lance Cpl Awany Constantine, Pte Muhamed Makanga, Ebong John Max, Robert Muteke, Amanya Rogers and Ayebazibwe Elias.

 

Since all the accused officers were members of the UPDF army attached to the 71st Battalion, they were charged together, the prosecution told the court.

 

Update: Court martial sentences soldiers to six months in jail for assaulting women while enforcing coronavirus curfew in Uganda (photos)

 

The six officers were charged separately with different counts including assault causing bodily harm, assault causing actual bodily harm and doing grievous bodily harm.

 

Upon reading their charges, each of the officers immediately pleaded guilty and asked the court to forgive them since they were under command.

“Court should forgive me because I did not force myself to do it but because I was ordered to do that while we went for the operation,” Pte Makanga told the court.

 

Update: Court martial sentences soldiers to six months in jail for assaulting women while enforcing coronavirus curfew in Uganda (photos)

 

However, in the ruling, Col Nambafu stressed that the six-month sentence was a lighter punishment to the officer since they showed remorse and because they were junior officers operating under a civil command of a police officer.

“Court has sentenced you the accused number one, Cpl Awany Constantine, Pte Ebong John Max, Pte Makanga Muhamed, Muteka Robert, Pte Amanya Rogers, and Pte Ayebazibwe Elias to six months in prison at 4th division headquarters here,” Col. Nambafu said.

“You will serve the sentence concurrently meaning that you will serve six months for all the counts and you have the right to appeal this decision within 14 days from today” he added.

 

Facebook- jeossy’s blog
Twitter @Jeossyjsblog
Instagram @Jeossy_js blog

Read more stories here

Share:

administrator

32 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *