UPDF Wants Suspected Makonzi Attackers Tried in Court Martial

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Lt. Winston Mugwijeho, the Masaka Armored Brigade Spokesperson says UPDF wants the implicated officers to appear before the General Court Martial since they used military attire during the raid.

Uganda People’s Defense Force-UPDF wants security officers implicated in the armed raid on fishermen at Makonzi landing site in Masaka tried before the General Court Martial. On Monday, unidentified gunmen raided Makonzi landing site in Bukakata Sub County robbed fishermen of their cash and fish catch worth over 80 million shillings.

However, on Tuesday morning five security operatives were picked up in connection to the raid. Linos Ngompek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner released the identities of four of the suspects as Jonah Ssewanyana, the Deputy Masaka district Internal Security officer Masaka, Richard Mugwisagye, the greater Masaka Regional Deputy Criminal Investigations officer, Joseph Luswata and Ronnie Kayondo, the Lwengo District Internal Security Officer

He said preliminary investigations had placed the officers at the crime scene. Ngompek regretted the incident and apologized to residents on behalf of the government.  Maxwell Ogwal, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander says they are also investigating the officer for possible involvement in highway robberies.

He claims that police have recorded several cases of armed robberies between Lwengo and Kampala highway. Lt. Winston Mugwijeho, the Masaka Armored Brigade Spokesperson says UPDF wants the implicated officers to appear before the General Court Martial since they used military attire during the raid. Mumwijeho dismisses reports that some UPDF soldiers were involved in the attack.

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Some of the suspects have denied the allegations. Ronnie Kayondo, the Lwengo District Internal Security Officer told URN on phone that he is being framed on tribal grounds since he was not in Makonzi. He claims that because he is always with Jonah Ssewanyana, the Masaka Deputy DISO, a fellow Muganda, who was involved the raid, security officers think he was also involved.

He accuses Captain Jones Mugabirwe, the Regional Internal Security Officer of fighting him on tribal ground. Mugabirwe has declined to comment on the matter.