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Three NUP Supporters Cautioned in Red Beret Case

The three are Maxwell Okello, Alex Kadyama and Richard Tiriganya. They were all arrested on November 18, 2020, from the areas around Kampala, where they were found with Red Berets, a signature headgear t of the political party led by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine.
15 Aug 2022 15:27
Richard Tiriganya a resident of Mukingo village Nakawa Division Appearing before Court.
Three supporters of the National Unity Platform have been cautioned, a week after they were found guilty of unauthorized wearing of a uniform.

The three are Maxwell Okello, Alex Kadyama and Richard Tiriganya. They were all arrested on November 18, 2020, from the areas around Kampala, where they were found with Red Berets, a signature headgear t of the political party led by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine.

According to the government, the beret which according to Bobi Wine was a chosen symbol of resistance is a designated official military clothing. It was included in Uganda’s first-ever gazette of all military clothing, which states that any member of the public found in possession of the items is liable on conviction to imprisonment for seven years.

The move under section 164 of the UPDF act also banned the sale or wearing of any attire which resembles the army uniform and prohibited the use of side caps, bush hats, ceremonial forage caps and camouflaged baseball caps. 

The three NUP supporters asked the General Court Martial last week to change their initial plea of not guilty, and on the basis of this, they were convicted of the charge pending sentencing. Today, they appeared before the Court Martial Chairperson Brigadier Robert Freeman Mugabe who sentenced them to caution after deducting the time they have spent on remand.

Brigadier Mugabe noted that he had considered both aggravating and mitigating factors by the parties and found that the convicts were first-time offenders, remorseful and able to go back to the community and reform.

He sentenced each one of them to a period of one year, 11 months and three days in jail and considered two months as mitigating factors. This, however, was the time spent on remand by each of the convicts, and instead cautioned them not to repeat the crimes when repeat to the communities.