The mountain division court has sentenced the UPDF soldier Pte Abraham Lokwap who shot and killed a lay reader in Kasese District last week to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of murder.
According to UPDF spokes person Brig. Richard Karemire, the patrol commander identified as Lt. Talent Akampurira has also been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
“The Mountain Division Court has concluded the trial in Kasese. It sentenced the Patrol Commander to 12 months imprisonment and the killer to 35 years in detention.” Karemire said.
The UPDF soldier was convicted on his own plea of guilty for the murder of Benon Nsimenta attached to Kogore COU (Anglican) under the South Ruwenzori diocese.
Col. Felix Nyero, the court chairman who presided over the trial said Pte Lokwap will serve his sentence at Mubuku government prison in Kasese District while Lt. Akampurira will be incarcerated at Makindye barracks.
However, Pte Jackson Nyero and Pte Joel Otim also attached to the 6th Mountain Brigade Battalion (Hima, Kasese) who had been accused of being accomplices of the convicts were acquitted by the same court.
Nsimenta’s widow, Ms Allen Musimenta who was one of the three prosecution witnesses told court that on June 24, she was riding with her husband on a motorcycle at around 7am heading to their farm in Kanamba village in Karusandara sub-county when they met the soldiers at Karungibati along Hima-Kasese road.
They were stopped but one of the soldiers (Pte Lokwap) crossed the road and approached them before shooting her husband at close range without saying a word to them.They fell off the motorcycle and the soldiers just walked away leaving Musimenta helpless with her dying husband.