Crime & Investigation

Cpl Rwakihembo Sentence Reduced to 15 Years

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Chaired by Brig. Moses Ssentongo Ddiba, the 7-member panel of military judges said the 30-year prison term given to Rwakihembo by the Division Court Martial sitting at Luzira Church of Uganda Primary School was “harsh” and “excessive.”

The judges reasoned that Rwakihembo was a first offender and that he was a well during his career until the fateful night.

The court also faulted the Division court Martial chaired by the late Col. Geoffrey Kakama for having charged and convicted Rwakihembo of attempted murder instead of charging him with causing grievous bodily harm.

Ddiba’s court set aside both the conviction and sentence of 5 years in respect of the attempted murder charge.


However Brig. Ddiba said the court could not set Rwakihembo free since he was a trained soldier who would control his heated anger and retreat from the scene even when he was dared and provoked by the three deceased civilian women.

Brig. Ddiba further noted that a UPDF soldier should not carry his gun around to shoot civilians and hence Rwakihembo deserved a deterrent sentence to serve as an example to other would be offenders.

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