The former battle 11 commander of AMISOM troops in Somalia Col Hassan Kimbowa was on Friday handed ten months in prison after being convicted of issuing over 5000 liters of fuel to Somali civilians without authorization from the UN Coordinator.
The Court Chairman Major General Levi Karuhanga gave him the sentence after listening to prayers by both the prosecution ad Defense counsels.
Prosecution led by Maj. Fredrick Kangwamu had earlier informed court that the accused had no past criminal record and asked for a deterrent sentence.
Defense counsel Nsubuga Mubiru on the other hand prayed for a cautioning sentence considering the one and half years the accused has spent on remand, this and the fact that he was his family’s sole breadwinner.
The Makindye court heard that cases of fuel stealing had become common amongst the Ugandan contingent, capsule and that such was injurious to the image of the national army.
Colonel Hassan Kimbowa was convicted after failing to prove to court that he sought permission from the UN Coordinator.
In defense, the accused through his lawyer Nsubuga Mubiru claimed he could not have sought permission from the Coordinator because there were no clear guidelines for reaching him.
Col Kimbowa also defended his dishing out of the fuel to Somalis saying it was in exchange for intelligence information.
Court martial chairman Maj GEN Levi Karuhanga advised Col Kimbowa to appeal to the court martial of appeal within fourteen days if he is not contented with the sentence.