Soldier Jailed 10-Years for Failure to Protect War Materials

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In short
Prosecution told court that on November 18, 2015 while on duty in Amudat district, the accused hired out his rifle with 13 rounds of ammunition to a criminal gang contrary to section 122 of the UPDF Act 2005. He was charged with failure to protect war material, a charge that attracts a death sentence upon conviction.

A Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces-UPDF soldier has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and dismissed from the army with disgrace for failure to protect war material in Moroto district.

Private Stephen Anguria attached to Moroto barracks appeared before Col Frank Kyakonye, the 3rd Division Court Martial Chairman on Friday.

Prosecution told court that on November 18, 2015 while on duty in Amudat district, the accused hired out his rifle with 13 rounds of ammunition to a criminal gang contrary to section 122 of the UPDF Act 2005. He was charged with failure to protect war material, a charge that attracts a death sentence upon conviction.

Anguria pleaded guilty to the charges.

Section 122 of the UPDF Act stipulates that any person who fails to protect war tools, misuses or hires out and found guilty of the offense, is liable to death on conviction. He was however jailed for 10 years and dismissal with disgrace from the UPDF.

Col Kyakonye said that the sentence granted to Anguria will serve as a deterrent measure to others who would want to commit the same offense.

Col Kyakonye also condemned the increasing number of cases involving soldiers hiring out weapons to civilian-led gangs. At least eight soldiers have been sentenced to a jail term ranging from 36 to 120 months in the last three years for failure to protect war material in the North Eastern part of Uganda.

Meanwhile, Capt. Isaac Oware, the UPDF 3rd division spokesperson asks soldiers not to be hoodwinked by thugs to surrender their weapons.
 
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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.