Moroto Court Jails UPDF Impostor

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Moroto Grade Two magistrate, Elijah Musolo sentenced Tina Nakiru to one year for each count. Nakiru pleaded guilty to impersonation and being in illegal possession of government property.

The woman who impersonated a UPDF captain in Karamoja has been sentenced to two years in jail. Tina Nakiru was sentenced to a year each for possessing government property, and impersonating a UPDF captain.

Nakiru appeared before Moroto Grade Two Magistrate, Elijah Musolo and pleaded guilty to both counts. Musolo told court that the judgment should be deterrent to others planning to act the same.

The two sentences will be served concurrently, meaning Lokiru will only be in jail for a year.

Court heard that Nakiru between September and October 2015 impersonated a UPDF captain, claiming to oversee government programmes in South Karamoja.

She was later arrested in Nakapiripirit district, and consequently transferred to Moroto Central Police Station last week. 


About the author

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.