The Uganda People’s Defense Forces 1st Infantry has convicted and sentenced seven Local Defense Unit Personnel (LDU) and one civilian at Kakiri Division headquarters. The convicted are; Bango Godfrey, Lumansi Paul, Onyango Boaz, all of Kampala central battalion and LDUs, Mulenzi Emmanuel, Niyagaba Benson and Okolongo Grievance of Kawempe battalion.
The accused are said to have brutalized citizens while in Kampala and Kawempe divisions up civilians on the 26th and 30th march 2020 respectively.
This went against the laws of Uganda under section 119 of the penal code act, according to the UPDF spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire.
“The defence counsel Mrs. Merian Kansime mitigated and prayed for a lighter sentence on the ground that, common assault (charge against them) was a misdemeanor, the accused were first offenders, did not waste court’s time, were repentant and remorseful, and had families to fend for,” he said
The court prosecutor submitted that. He, therefore, prayed for an appropriate sentence against the accused.
After deliberations, the court sentenced the six accused to 2 months detention.
The seventh LDU Mulaalo Rashid was charged on two counts, desertion and common assault. He was convicted on the second count and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment.