Seven Uganda Military Police Soldiers Charged, Sentenced Over Beating Journalists

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The culprits and entire military police were warned to always emulate discipline and professionalism while on any deployment. Photo/Courtesy
By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA – Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF has today charged seven officers attached to military police for assaulting journalists near the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) where Opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, had gone to deliver a petition about a spate of abductions and disappearances of his supporters..

In a post on twitter, Lt. Col Deo Akiiki, the Ministry of Defense and Veterans affairs Deputy Spokesperson, said the military police unit disciplinary committee (UDC), a lower court of the Court Martial under the chairmanship of Lt Col Gai Mpandwa sentenced the seven army men and woman to various punishments.

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According to Lt. Col Akiiki, the Commanding officer Capt Odwenyi was sentenced to 90 days of detention in Makindye military barracks.

The others are Capt Jessy Odwenyi, Cpl Nimusiima Justine, Pte Wasswa Peter, Pte Tsame Imran, Pte Kisakye Victoria, Pte Opiyo Isaac, L/cpl Zirimenya Kassim.

L/cpl Zirimenya Kassim was also jailed for 60 days while Cpl Justine Nimusiima was sentenced to severe reprimand and caution while Pte Kisakye Victoria and Pte Opiyo Isaac were sentenced to 62 and 60 days in the military prison respectively.

“The chairman warned the culprits and the entire military police at large to always emulate discipline and professionalism while on any deployment. He also added that the above officer and militants will act as a deterrent measure to officers and militants while executing their constitutional mandate,” Lt Col Deo Akiiki said.

“It should be remembered that on Wednesday 17th Feb 2021, members of military police were seen assaulting journalists who had gathered to cover a political activity near the offices of the UN Human Rights in Kololo Kampala,” he said.

Lt Col Gai Mpandwa, who presided over the proceedings said the sentence would act as a deterrent measure to officers and militants while executing their constitutional mandate.

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