By Sania Babirye
The general court martial has sentenced two soldiers to 15 years in Luzira prison after being convicted of treachery and security related offences for conniving to attack the lower Mbuya military barracks in 2013. The two include Lt Augustine Moro and Private Kenneth Kalokwera Okello.
While sentencing them the army court chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti said that the punishment should serve as a deterrent sentence due to the ongoing similar cases already before court.
Lt Gen. Gutti explained that currently they have more than four similar case files .The seven member team however declined a call by prosecutions to hand the convicts the maximum death penalty saying they needed time to repeat and change their behaviors.
They have been however advised to appeal the punishment within 14 days if they are not happy with both the conviction and sentence.
Yesterday the army court convicted the two on grounds that they formed a common intention to attack army barracks by organising and participating in the actual attack after they were found at the scene of crime.
Lt. Gen. Gutti also explained that Moro was the ring leader who recruited Kalokwera and others to attack Mbuya barracks. The court has however acquitted the two of the charge of assault over lack of evidence. The state had accused them of assaulting a guard who was on duty that night.
Prosecution states that on the 4th of March 2013 the two soldiers and others still at large at lower Mbuya military barracks in Kampala while armed with firearms attacked the guards manning the entrances of the basis in order to a quite guns an action intended to jeopardize the security of the defense forces.
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