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UPDF Corporal Gets 18 Months in Jail for Losing Machine Gun

Makindye General Court Martial chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti has sentenced 44 year old Corporal Jogo Musa, a UPDF soldier who was convicted of failure to protect war materials, to one and a half years in jail.

The convict last week admitted to court to have lost a PK machine gun and 50 rounds of ammunition while he slept on duty in Somalia.

Corporal Musa lost the riffle on 12th December 2017 at Aljazeera training camp where he had been deployed.

He informed court that he didn’t intentionally lose the gun but it was accidental since he had spent almost a week without resting and that on that day he needed to sleep.

The court chairman passed out the sentence after considering that the convict was a first offender and he pleaded guilty; a sign of remorsefulness which deserved court’s leniency.

“This court also considered the 10 months you have spent on remand and sentences you to one year and six months imprisonment on both counts; which are to run concurrently,” Gen Gutti ruled.

The convict will also have chance to continue serving in the army after serving his sentence at the Makindye Military Barracks where he has been in detention ever November 2016.

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