UPDF Soldier sentenced to 35 years in jail for shooting Kasese lay reader dead

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UPDF Soldier sentenced to 35 years in jail for shooting Kasese lay reader dead
Mountains division court sitting in Kasese

KASESE- An army court that sat at Karusandara PS in Kasese district has sentenced to 35 years imprisonment a UPDF soldier Abraham Lokwap for shooting to death Benon Nsimenta a lay reader in Kasese district.

Lokwap and three others were manning a roadblock on Kasese Fort Portal highway when Nsimenta and his wife were travelling on a boda boda.

According to Nsimenta’s wife, the officers stopped them and shoot her husband instantly.

Court led by Lt. Col. Felix Nyero sentenced Lokwap to 35 years in jail for acting beyond his mandate and killing an innocent Ugandan.

Lt. Col Nyero also sentenced Talent Akampulira who was commanding the road block to 12 months in jail.

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According to the UPDF spokesman Brig, Richard Karemire, they appeared before the mountain division court sitting in Kasese district and charged accordingly.

“The Mountain Division Court sitting in Kasese charged four UPDF personnel with murder of Benon Nsimenta.” Karemire said.

Benon Nsimenta a Lay reader of Kogere Church of Uganda, was shot dead while riding on a motorcycle together with his wife Allen to the garden along Karungibati on Hima-Kasese road.

According to Nsimenta’s wife, her husband was shot dead by security personnel guarding Hima-kasese highway which is under construction.

The UPDF soldier tried to stop the Lay reader for flouting COVID-19 guidelines since the President disallowed two people on a motorcycle. The soldier also accused of not wearing the mask.

The Lay reader however, didn’t stop which prompted the gunman to fire bullets killing him instantly.