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At least 8 UPDF deserters have been sentenced to serve prison sentences and dismissed from the force. The jail terms range from six months to three years.

At least 8 UPDF deserters from the 3rd Division have been sentenced to serve jail sentences and dismissed from the force.
The jail terms range from six months to three years.
Col. John Tumwebaze, the chairperson of 3rd Division Uganda People’s Defence Forces—UPDF court martial sentenced the soldiers after they pleaded guilty.
Those charged with the offence of desertion include Lance Corporal Philip Lokiru, from 41st battalion, Private Kalisito Menya, Corporal Anthony Balaba, both from 35th battalion and Private Daniel Onen Okello who was attached to 67th battalion. Also on the list is Private Yokana Ahimbisibwe from the 5th battalion.
Private Apollo Gumanaitwe from 3rd Division Headquarters was sentenced to a caution and set free while Private Rashid Olego Yusuf from the 67th battalion was sentenced to six months in jail.
Under section 146 of the UPDF Act 2005, a person subject to military law that has been absent without authority for a continuous period of 21 days, or more shall unless the contrary is proved, be presumed to have deserted.  The person is liable on conviction to suffer death or in any other case is liable to life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, the same court also charged two soldiers for failing to protect war material.  Private Lokidor Lokiru, a local defence unit staff, was charged with the offence of was sentenced to three years in jail and dismissal from the forces after he pleaded guilty to the charge. Capt. Gabriel Lomongin, attached to the 41st battalion was charged, but later acquitted of the same offence after prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence.
Court Martial sitting in Moroto instructed the convicted persons to appeal against the sentences within 14 days from the date of conviction.


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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.