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Warriors Use Wrong Names to Confuse Court Martial

Major Peter Mugisa, the UPDF 3rd division Spokesperson told URN that the suspects use different names in their statements, which they disown when they appear before the army court Martial. "When they are arrested, they don't give their correct particulars to the officer taking statements.
23 Jun 2021 15:00
Uganda People's Defense Forces is facing a challenge of prosecuting Karimojong warriors arrested for cattle rustling and illegal gun possession.  The rustlers reportedly provide wrong names while recording their statement.    

Major Peter Mugisa, the UPDF 3rd division Spokesperson told URN that the suspects use different names in their statements, which they disown when they appear before the army court Martial. "When they are arrested, they don't give their correct particulars to the officer taking statements.    

They provide false names, area of residence and when they are taken to court they deny the names. And the court Martial has no option but to release them on grounds that they were wrongly detained," he said. According to Major Mugisa, the army has learnt the tricks used by the suspects and is working with local leaders to confirm the right identity of the suspects.  

Mzee Joseph Loputhnyang, an elder and resident of camp Swahili in South division in Moroto Municipality advises the army to prosecute warriors even when they conceal their identity provided they arrested in action. "The name does not matter as long as there is evidence against the suspect he or she should be prosecuted," he said.



Gladys Nangiro, a resident of Acholin in Moroto Municipality, says that many suspects with a bad criminal record often walk away because of giving false names. "It's not in Army alone even in police most suspects prefer to hide their real names and use another name and it has been a practice," she said.