According to the 3rd Division Court Martial chairperson Col. Francis Kateraho, the guns used by the convicts caused misery, poverty and death to both civilians and UPDF.
Two Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel have been jailed for
desertion and illegal possession of a firearm respectively. They were also
dismissed from the forces on their plea of guilty.
They appeared before the 3rd Division Court Martial chaired by Col. Francis Kateraho.
John Angwa Lomer deserted the forces in 2019 and joined warriors raiding
cattle in Nakapiripirit, Kotido Napak and other Karamoja districts using
government stores. He was jailed for 12 years.
His colleague, Paul Angura Lokoru on his part was found guilty of
illegal possession of a firearm contrary to the Fire Arms Act. Lokoru was sentenced by the same court to 10
years in prison.
They are currently serving their sentences in Moroto Government Prison where
they are expected to go through rehabilitation.
According to Kateraho, the guns used by the convicts caused misery, poverty and
death to both civilians and UPDF.
“This honourable court has noted that you had a duty to protect
people and their property but you chose a wrong path to be destructive and
dangerous to the population and the UPDF. It’s on this basis that this court
will deal with your criminality to bring sanity to the region to facilitate
development,” ruled Col. Kateraho while handing down their jail terms.
He stated that most Karimojong are peace-loving and the UPDF has to protect
them by hiding wrong elements away. He advised the convicts to use their time
in the prison to rehabilitate themselves and come back as hardworking and law-abiding
According to intelligence reports, some LDU personnel decided to desert to
participate in cattle rustling, while others hired out their guns to warriors
for criminal activities.