Six soldiers were on Thursday sentenced to six months in jail by the UPDF’s 2nd Division Court Martial sitting in Mbarara, for alleged torture of civilians while enforcing Covid19 prevention guidelines.
The six are Lt. Denis Gumisiriza, Sgt Francis Ethiano, Corporal Paul Mukyansi, Corporal Kolo Mwanze, Private Ismail Muchunguzi, and Private Wefura Dickson.
These appeared before Makenke based court chaired by Lt Col. Emmanuel Mwesigwa.
The division spokesperson, Maj. Charles Kabona says Lt. Denis Gumisiriza and his co-accused were deployed in Kyarenga, Ruborogota sub-county in Isingiro district to enforce the Health Ministry Covid-19 preventive guidelines and presidential directives.
He says the officers while there, tortured civilians contrary to the UPDF method of work.
Ronald Seguya, the Ruborogota sub county LC III chairperson welcomed the sentence saying UPDF is a disciplined institution that deserves officers who respect citizens.