The Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF 1st division court-martial has sentenced a Local Defense Unit officer to three year’s imprisonment for shooting his colleague dead.

The eight-member court chaired by Col. Sam Mugenyi convicted Asuman Juma Musuya on his own guilt plea for shooting to death Mamuli Atanansi. Musuya told the military court that he accidentally released a bullet while cleaning his gun.

During the hearing, the prosecution led by Capt. Ketigan Mugisha told the military court at Kakiri barracks on Tuesday while on duty at a Chinese factory together with Mamuli Atanansi in Namanve in Mukono district; Musuya cleaned his firearm without applying safety measures, which led to the death of his colleague.

The LDU and UPDF soldiers awaiting to be matched before the general court martial of the first division at Kakiri baracks on Tuesday

He explained that when Musuya reported from duty the day before the shooting, he didn’t check his gun yet he had left a bullet loaded in the chambers.

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During the hearing, the prosecution led by Capt. Ketigan Mugisha told the military court at Kakiri barracks on Tuesday while on duty at a Chinese factory together with Mamuli Atanansi in Namanve in Mukono district; Musuya cleaned his firearm without applying safety measures, which led to the death of his colleague.

He explained that when Musuya reported from duty the day before the shooting, he didn’t check his gun yet he had left a bullet loaded in the chambers.

Asked why a trained security person would forget to apply safety measures while holding a deadly weapon, the 1st Division Spokesperson Maj. Bilal Yusuf Katamba, said although it is not common for one to forget, it sometimes happens.

Musuya’s conviction comes at a time when many Ugandans are blaming the Uganda People’s Forces for handing over guns to LDUs without adequate training, which has resulted in the loss of several lives.

Despite this, Maj. Katamba said overall there has been a lot of improvement in the discipline of LDUs compared to when they had just been deployed.

Four other LDUs and three UPDF soldiers also appeared before the same court on charges of desertion, failure to protect war material and giving false information.

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