Nine Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)have been sent to jail for misconduct.
The soldiers were found guilty of pursuing personal interest and endangering operational efficiency of the UPDF, contrary to section 124 of the UPDF Act.
The nine were part of a group of soldiers implicated in a fuel racket that was busted by AMISOM officials in June.
The sentences ranging from one year to three years were read to the soldiers by the chairman UPDF Divisional Court Martial sitting in Mogadishu, Brig. Gen. Dick Olum.
He warned that UPDF will not tolerate any such misconduct among its officers serving in peacekeeping missions.
Those convicted include Maj. Kundu Weyaula who will serve one year and demoted to the rank of Captain; Warrant Officer II Kakooza Mathew, 18 months Staff Sergeant Abwot Richard, 18 months in prison and demoted to Sergeant, Cpl. Sekandi Ronald was handed a two-year prison term and also dismissed with disgrace from the army among others.
Story By Ali Mivule