UPDF Soldier Earns Life Imprisonment for Killing Civilian over Football Match

By Our Reporter




The 6th Division Court Martial sitting in Agago district has Sentenced Private Mukanja Michael attached to 79 Battalion to life imprisonment for murder, and Private Okello George of 81 Battalion to 30 years for attempted murder.


It is believed that Mukanja shot and killed Omol Justine over a football match disagreement.

Private Okello George

The Court Martial chaired by Colonel Ismail Ssendagire was informed that on 31 May 2023 at around 1700hrs, Private Mukanja while at Kokil trading centre, Paimol Sub-County playground shot and killed Omol Justine after a disagreement over a football match.


The court also sentenced Private Okello George of 81 Battalion to 30 years for attempted murder. The court heard that on the afternoon of 27 August 2023 while in Lira Kato Sub-Country, Agago District the convict shot and injured Odwel John after developing a disagreement. The injured is still undergoing treatment at Lacor Hospital.


At the same court sitting, Private Ssekaja Ivan was sentenced to 14 months for failure to protect war material.


The Chairman of the Court Martial, Col Ssendagire reiterated that the UPDF will continue to stick to its ethos and values and doesn’t condone acts of its men turning guns against the very population they are meant to protect.


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