Crime

UPDF Officer who Killed Priest In Kasese Sentenced 35 years

The Mountain Division Court sat Tuesday in Kasese district and charged four UPDF personnel with murder of Benon Nsimenta.

On Wednesday morning, it concluded the trial and sentenced the Patrol Commander to 12 months imprisonment and the killer to 35 years in detention.

“Justice has not only been done but also seen to be done. The public and media witnessed the full trial,” said army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire.

Pte Abraham Lokwap was Tuesday convicted by the Mountain Division court martial on his own plea of guilty for the murder of Benon Nsimenta attached to Kogore COU (Anglican) under the South Ruwenzori diocese.

His commander Lt. Talent Akampurira was sentenced to 12 months.

The court chairman, Col. Felix Nyero 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.

Four soldiers identified as Pte Abraham Lokwap, Pte Jackson Nyero, Pte Joel Otim and Lt. Talent Akampurira, all attached to the 6th Mountain Brigade Battalion (Hima, Kasese)

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 Allen Musimenta 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.

Nsimenta, a father of eight, was to be ordained as a reverend in November this year.

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