UPDF Commander Jailed For Murder

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A senior officer of the Uganda People Defense Forces-UPDF in Nakapiripirit district is to spend the next ten years in jail for murdering a civilian. 

Captain Michael Walumbe was convicted on Monday evening by Colonel Frank Kyakonye, the 3rd Division Court Martial chairman on his own plea of guilt.

Captain Walumbe pleaded guilty for the murder of Moses Asio, a resident of Kopetatum village in Nakale parish in Loregai Sub County in Nakapiripirit district.  Asio died on May 2nd 2016 after being tortured while in custody at Amaler army detachment. Court heard that Asio died in the hands of the army after he was arrested for illegal gun possession.

Captain Walumbe pleaded to court for a lenient sentence, saying he had a family of 16 children to look after. In his judgment, Col Frank Kyakonye said prosecution had presented overwhelming evidence pinning Walumbe on the murder.

He condemned the killing of civilians and convicted Capt. Walumbe to ten years in jail in addition to dismissal from the forces. Shortly after the ruling, 70-year-old Mariko, the father to the deceased asked government to compensate him for the death of his son, saying he was the sole bread winner. 

The same court released Lt Johnson Kalule, Kato Remigio and Bunyansi David who had been arrested in connection to the same offense but were found without any case to answer.


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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.