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ARMY COURT CHARGES FOUR SOLDIERS WITH MURDER OF KASESE LAY READER

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By Mulengera Reporter

The Mountain Division Court sitting in Kasese on Monday charged four officers of national army the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) with murder of lay reader Benon Nsimenta.

Nsimenta, a lay reader at Kogere Archdeaconry in South Rwenzori, was shot dead at about 6am of June 24 at Karungibate in Hima Town Council, while riding his wife to the garden. According to Nsimenta’s widow, her late husband had tried to brake when the soldiers enforcing the Covid19 lockdown curfew stopped them. However, soldiers suddenly started shooting at the couple, killing Nsimenta.

Available records show that Nsimenta was the eighth person to have been killed by security officers enforcing various lockdown measures countrywide in a period of almost 100 days. In one of his numerous addresses on Covid19, President Yoweri Museveni described rogue LDU personnel  involved in shooting civilians and raiding homes to enforce curfew as “pigs.”

“Those are just pigs. If you are not valuing Ugandans, then you are a pig. We are going to deal with these pigs harshly,” Museveni said in April. (See: COVID19: INSIDE MUSEVENI’S BASKET OF CARROTS & BUNDLE OF STICKS). Some officers from all security agencies have since been handed prison terms for highhandedness.

On Monday, prosecution told Mountain Division Court chaired by Lt Col Felix Nyero that four officers, Abraham Lokwap, Joel Atim, Talent Akampurira and Jackson Nyero, with malice aforethought, unlawfully caused the death of Nsimenta by shooting him.  They were charged with murder contrary to section 189 of the Penal Code Act.

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