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Soldier gets 35 years in Prison for killing lay-reader

By Joseph Tumwesigye

Tuesday June 30, 2020

Mountain Division Court sitting in Kasese (Source: Brig Richard Karemire) 

Thee Mountain Division Court sitting in Kasese has sentenced the soldier that shot and killed Benon Nsimenta, a lay reader in the wee hours of June 24 at Hima in Kasese to 35 years in detention the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire says.

This soldier is one of four that were on Monday charged with murder by the court. On Tuesday they were found guilty of the crime. The Commander of this Patrol has also been sentenced.

“The Mountain Division Court has concluded the trial in Kasese. It sentenced the Patrol Commander to 12 months imprisonment,” Brig Karemire tweeted.

Nsimenta’s widow, Allen Musimenta, told Daily Monitor on June 24 that she was with her husband on a motorcycle at around at around 7am heading to the garden in Kanamba village in Karusandara sub-county when they met soldiers at Karungibati along Hima-Kasese road, one of whom shot her husband at close range.

The four soldiers identified as Pte Abraham Lokwap, Pte Jackson Nyero, Pte Joel Otim and Lt. Talent Akampurira, all attached to the 6th Mountain Brigade Battalion (Hima, Kasese) were on Monday arraigned before the Mountain Division of the court martial chaired by Col. Felix Nyero at Karusandara in Kasese District.

They pleaded guilty to the offence of murder.