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MURDER: Court Martial hands soldier 40 years sentence

Fort Portal, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Uganda People’s Defence Forces -UPDF Court Martial sitting at Mountain Division Headquarters in Fort Portal has sentenced Lance Corporal Piangu Hussein Mwanika to 40 years in prison for murder.

Prosecution led by Lt. Moses Ekwamu told the military court that on July 24, 2021, at around 09.00 pm, while on guard duties at Kanyamwirima barracks in Bundibugyo, Mwanika gunned down and killed Pte Christine Akido.

According to the court records, L/Cpl Piangu was intoxicated while at the Observation Post-OP having smoked marijuana. When Akido came to meet him, he subsequently shot her four bullets in the chest killing her instantly.

In his ruling, Col. Robert Okiror, the Chairperson of Mountain Division Court Martial, said that the court had considered the submission of both the prosecution and defence teams and found that the accused acted under the influence of drugs in contrast to the professional standards.

He said the court found the accused to have killed the deceased with malice aforethought. He, therefore, convicted the accused, saying that by the time he returns to society after serving 40 years he would be a reformed person.

The Mountain division court-martial started sitting on February 10th, 2022 is trying 17 cases. These range from capital offences, service offences and service misconduct.



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