Mityana.The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire has regretted yesterday July 7th, 2020, incident enen a patrol squad on routine duty in Mityana Municipality manhandled the LCV Chairman for Mityana District Joseph Luzige.
The circumstances are yet to be established.
“This incident no doubt has attracted a lot of attention from the members of the public and the leaders in Mityan district and beyond” Brig Richard Karemire said.
The UPDF Spokesman however said that although the circumstances under which this incident was done are not yet clear, the UPDF regrets this gross act of indiscipline that is not characteristic of the UPDF as a people’s army.
“We wish to restate that discipline remains a core value and bedrock on which the UPDF was founded and anyone who deviates from this will always be punished according to the established laws” Brigadier Karemire said.
He cited the examples to prove to prove his point with the incident in Kasese where a soldier was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment and an LDU personnel was yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment all because of unprofessional conduct.
“We therefore strongly condemn this act meted out against one of our senior civilian leaders” He said.
Brigadier Karemire said that following the Mityana incident, the soldiers who were involved who include Lance Corporal Anguria Simon Peter
Private Odeke Simon
Private Musundi Caroline and
Private Okello Isaac
have been arrested and investigation have also commenced.
Meanwhile, Brigadier Karemire has said that the Chief of Defence Forces has sent a team of senior leaders that include Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, the Deputy Commander Land Force, Maj Gen Sam Kawaga, 1st Div Comander and Maj Gen Henry Masiko the Chief of Political Commissar to Mityana to make an on spot assessment and confer with both the District leaders and the District security committee.
“The UPDF wishes to reiterate its full commitment and loyalty to the people of Uganda and will always remain subordinate to the civilian authority as provided for under Article 208 of the Constitution” Brig Karemire said.
He added that there is no need to lose heart over these incidents because a comprehensive review of these deployments to enforce anti Coronavirys measures is soon to take place and the general public should expect better results.