The military police unit disciplinary committee (UDC), which is the lower court of the court martial, on Thursday convened and deliberated on its officer and militants, who indiscriminately clobbered journalists and left 10 of them nursing serious wounds.
The incident happened yesterday Wednesday at Prince Charles lane in Kololo, Kampala when NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has taken a petition against the seating Government accusing them of alleged human rights violations.
The UDC presided over by its chairman Lt Col Gai Mpandwa, after the ‘hearing’ sentenced the following service men to various punishments;
1. Capt Jessy Odwenyi
2. Cpl Nimusiima Justine
3. Pte Wasswa Peter
4. Pte Tsame Imran
5. Pte Kisakye Victoria
6. Pte Opiyo Isaac
7. L/cpl Zirimenya Kassim
Capt Odwenyi was sentenced to 90 days of detention in Makindye military barracks, L/cpl Zirimenya Kassim was charged with 60 days while Cpl Nimusiima Justine was sentenced to severe reprimand and caution while Pte Kisakye Victoria and Pte Opiyo Isaac were sentenced to 62 and 60 days in the military prison respectively.
The chairman warned the culprits and the entire military police at large to always emulate discipline and professionalism while on any deployment. He also added that the above officer and militants will act as a deterrent measure to officers and militants while executing their constitutional mandate.
The Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has since apologized and promised to take action. This has come barely hours after his presser. He also promised to foot the medical bills of those affected and promised to have a symposium to brain storm with media on how to work together. He also promised to include in the military training media related subjects to align the army with the media.