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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
A serial Karimojong cattle rustler alongside
eight Turkana pastoralists have been sentenced to long prison term for
illegal possession firearms. The military court martial also convicted and sentenced a subcounty peace committee chairperson for the same offences of illegal firearms possession and violently robbing cattle.
The accused were today arraigned
before Third Infantry Division court martial sitting in Moroto and promptly charged for illegal possession of firearms, tried, convicted and sentenced.
URN learnt that Achucu one of the
reformed warriors who one time handed over himself to security shocked the
soldiers when he was rearrested for allegedly raiding five cattle from Kotido District. He was rounded up during the security operations conducted in the
month of march 2022.
Col. Frank Kateraho, the
chairperson of the court martial described 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.
Col. Kateraho acknowledged that
there has been a public outcry accusing Achucu for terrorizing them and
therefore there’s a need to isolate him from the community for correction.
He also noted that Achucu handed
over his two guns’ voluntary which showed good gestured but later on it was
realized that the guns were used to hoodwink the security.
‘’This honorable court found that
you are guilty of illegal possession of firearms, and we considered many
factors while determining your case, this court is hereby sentencing you to ten
years’ imprisonment, however you have a right to appeal against the sentenced
and should be done within a period of 14 days,’’ Kateraho said.
The same court convicted eight
Turkana pastoralists who were arrested with illegal firearms in Naput parish,
Rupa sub county during the joint security operations at the border following the
killings of officials from the ministry of energy and the two UPDF officers.
Col Kateraho jointly charged the
Turkana for possession of illegal firearms that earned each one of them eight
years’ imprisonment in Ugandan prisons.
The court noted that the
act of foreigners moving freely with guns undermines the security of the
country and the same guns have caused a lot of havoc in the region.
Kateraho said that the convicts
deserve harsh punishment as a deterrent measure so that it sends a signal to
other offenders. He added that Turkana pastoralists are only allowed to graze
their animals in Uganda but not enter with their firearms.
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outcry of the same person’’....//
// cue out ‘’Achucu Lokiru peter we
gave him 10 years.’’//
Meanwhile, Ariko Lomuria, the
chairperson of the peace committee in Rupa sub county, was also charged in the
same offence and he pleaded guilty for possession of illegal firearms.
The court learnt that Ariko handed
over two guns to the security but the community insisted that he had another
firearm, claims court verified and found to be true.
Col. Kateraho says the honorable
court confirmed that the convict has been actively involved in gun trade with
He said the10-year sentence for
Ariko is hoped to act as a deterrent to future offenders involved in the
The convicts are among the 40
suspects charged today before the UPDF 3rd division court
martial sitting in Moroto district.