Four Uganda People’s Defense Force soldiers to face the Military Court for unprofessional behavior after they were found to have been involved in manhandling Joseph Luzige the LC V Mityana Chairperson.
According to Brig. Richard Karemire the UPDF Spokesperson, L/Cpl Simon Peter Anguria, Pte Simon Odeke, Pte Caroline Musundi and Pte Isaac Okello have been arrested pending prosecution in the military court.
Yesterday on July 7, 2020, a security patrol squad on routine duty in Mityana Municipality manhandled Luzige, an incident that has since attracted attention from the members of the public.
Brig. Karemire said in a statement issued today on Wednesday that UPDF regrets this gross act of indiscipline that is not a characteristic of the UPDF.
“We wish to restate that discipline remains a core value and bedrock on which the UPDF was founded. Anyone who deviates from this will always be punished according to the established laws” says Karemire.
There are examples to prove this in the recent past like a soldier in Kasese was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment and LDU a personnel was on Tuesday 7th July sentenced to life imprisonment all because of unprofessional conduct.
On Tuesday night, a group of UPDF soldiers and LDUs pushed and shoved Mr. Luzige while he was trying to stop the security operatives from harassing residents in the area leaving him taunted and embarrassed and were found flogging a woman who was carried on a motor cycle.
Luzige claims he was saving a woman who had a fractured leg and seriously bleeding after being brutalized by UPDF soldiers when he was assaulted.
The soldiers reportedly told Mr Luzige that since he didn’t deploy them, he had no authority to stop them from what they were doing.
The army spokesperson revealed that the Chief of Defense Forces, General .David Muhoozi has dispatched a team of senior UPDF officers including Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, the Deputy Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Sam Kawaga, the first division commander and Maj Gen Henry Masiko the Chief of Political Commissar to Mityana to make an on spot assessment and bestow with both the district leaders and the district security committee.
The UPDF wishes to reiterate its full commitment and loyalty to the people of Uganda and will always remain subordinate to the civilian authority as provided for under Article 208 of the Constitution.

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