The Principal Judge, Justice Flavian Zeija, presided over the official launch and stated that daily hearings of cases will be conducted to reduce the backlog and ensure timely justice. Plans are also underway to establish a regional court, although this will depend on the region that provides land for premises to cut the costs of moving to Kampala for appeals.
According to the UPDF accounts, the sub-county chairpersons collaborated with cattle raiders in Kaabong district to steal 242 cows from Turkana in Kenya and later branded them to destroy their identity. The court martial chaired by Col. Bernard Tuhame, remanded the three sub-county chairpersons to Moroto government prison until December 6th, 2022.
In a heated argument that lasted for six hours, Joseph Otita one of the elders, now the LC3 chairperson Rupa sub county says they considered Bill’s request for the land and he was given more than 100 acres to set up a home for the orphans.
Col. Frank Kateraho, the chairperson of the court martial pronounced the convict, Achucu as the most notorious warrior who is commanding a group of sixty armed warriors distributed all over Karamoja and Turkana in Kenya
While convicting the convicts, Col Francis Kateraho noted that the government gave the suspects ample time to voluntarily surrender illegal firearms in their possession but they chose to pay a deaf ear, which prompted the joint security forces to apply force leading to their arrest.
Prosecution led by Lt. Hamuza Mulike Hirya informed court chaired by Col. Bernard Tuhame that Apakuto, while in a drunken state, unlawfully caused the death of Ahmed Lokong of Nadomoto village, by shooting using an AK 47 riffle.
A section of the community now lives in fear especially about the firearms that are in the wrong hands. Dinah Ayo, a resident in Moroto town says the loose firearms could be used by the escapees to perpetuate more crime, not only in Moroto but anywhere in the country.
Prosecution led by Lt. Alex Rasto Mukhana told court that while in Rengen Sub County on Feb 23rd, 2020, Lokure accepted to wear military uniform and carry a firearm belonging to one of the LDUs deployed at Rengen Water pump purporting to be a member of the forces and even went on unlawful operation.
According to Ediau, the activities of the poachers are threatening the tourism industry especially in Karamoja sub region, which is endowed with many rare animal species. He revealed that a number of suspects have been produced in court and remanded, awaiting trial.
Raphael Eritoi, an aspirant for the Nadunget LCV councillors seat was shot dead on October 1, 2015, at Kambisi village, along Moroto-Kitale road in Karamoja sub-region. The deceased was a key campaign agent for the former Matheniko County MP, Samuel Abura Pirir.
The High Court Criminal Session is expected to handle 50 cases including 21 of rape, 18 of aggravated defilement and 11 cases of murder. The cases were drawn from 2015 and 2016 across the eight districts of Karamoja.
The absence of a resident Chief Magistrate has affected cases mainly related to sexual violence in the region. Although statistics at Moroto Central Prison indicates that there are more than 700 inmates in the cells, over 500 inmates are on remand due to absence of a substantive court jurisdiction to try them.
One inmate, John Loupa was found hanging on Sunday in an isolation cell where he had been put by management after fighting his cellmate, David Ochen. Another, Samuel Losia was found bleeding after cutting up his stomach with a razor blade. Ochen and Losia are nursing injuries at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital.
Delivering his verdict, Col. John Wasswa, the 3rd Division Court Martial Chairman, said the sentence serves as a warning to LDUs entrusted with government stores. He notes that carelessness in gun usage can cause death of innocent people.