By Ben Musanje
18th February 2020
Seven Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) officers have this afternoon been committed to the Military Police Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC), which is the lower court of the Court Martial in Makindye and sentenced for misbehaving and assaulting journalists yesterday at Prince Charles lane in Kololo-Kampala.
About eight journalists were yesterday hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries due to the beatings by the Military police officers while they were covering the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine as he petitioned the United Nations (UN) Human Rights offices in Kololo over alleged human rights violations in the country.
According to the Army Deputy Spokesperson Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, the seven soldiers sentence to various punishments by the UDC Chairman Lt. Col. Gai Mpandwa are; Capt. Jessy Odwenyi, Corporal Justine Nimusiima, Private Wasswa Peter, Private Imran Tsame, Private Victoria Kisakye, Private Isaac Opiyo and L/Cpl. Kassim Zirimenya.
Capt. Odwenyi has been sentenced to 90 days of detention in Makindye military barracks, L/cpl Zirimenya was sentenced to 60 days while Cpl Nimusiima was sentenced to severe reprimand and caution while Private Kisakye and Opiyo were sentenced to 62 and 60 days in the military prison respectively.
Akikii further indicates that the Chairman warned the culprits and the entire military police at large to always emulate discipline and professionalism while on any deployment.
Lt.Col Mpandwa also added that the above officer and militants will act as a deterrent measure to officers and militants while executing their constitutional mandate.
The Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has since apologised, promised to take action.