4 Soldiers Jailed For Failure To Protect War Material

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Four UPDF soldiers and Local defence unit personnel have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from two months to eight years for failure to protect war material.

Four UPDF soldiers and Local defence unit personnel havebeen sentenced to jail terms ranging from two months to eight years for failureto protect war material. 

A military court sitting in Moroto last week found LokolLosike, LDU personnel attached to 407 Brigade in Nakapiripirit district, guiltyof failure to protect war material. The convict will serve four years at MorotoGovernment Prison. 
Another LDU militiaman named Lokol, whose service number is AX004528 also pleaded guilty to the same offence and court sentenced him to serveeight years at the same prison with both facing dismissal from the forces aftertheir sentences.  
Private Francis Olinga, attached to 41st Battalionwas convicted and sentenced to one and half years imprisonment over carelessshooting after pleading guilty. Lance Corporal Christopher Opolot attached to UgandaPeople's Defence Forces 3rd Division communication regiment was sentenced to 2years in jail. He was charged with the offence of absence without official leave(AWOL) after he pleaded guilty and begged court for leniency. 
Captain Justine Eilor, the chairperson of the Unit Division Courtin his ruling said the sentences will act as a warning to the rest of theforces across the country. He added that the convicts have been automatically dismissed with disgrace for the reason that their sentences exceed two years. 

It is provided for in the UPDF Act 2004 that a "Sentence ofImprisonment for two years or more imposed on any person subject to militarylaw shall be deemed to include dismissal with disgrace from the defense forces."


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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.