UPDF soldier sentenced to 5 years for conning priests

A Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldier Private Kalulu Stephen has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by the CMI Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC) the lower military Court on counts of obtaining money by false pretence.

Kalulu got money worth 40M from one Rev Fr Emmanuel Kawanguzi and Rev Fr Joseph Isanga Baligeya after deceiving the dual that he works with State House and has connection with the President.

He promised to help them bring President Museveni to Kamuli mission hospital and encourage him to renovate the same.

Kalulu further promised to provide the facility with water tanks from UPDF.

The priests who had land lissues with neighbours of the hospital land confided in the soldier who promised them that the President would also fence their land.

In turn priests sent unspecified amounts of money through mobile money to facilitate Kalulu go about the mission.

While reading the judgement, the chairman CMI UDC Col. Tom Kabuye informed court that the army will not condone this kind of indiscipline and impunity especially from its own.

After overwhelming evidence was presented, prosecution led by Lt Chris Tumusime asked court that the convict be sentenced to a maximum sentence as a deterrent measure to all those who may commit similar offences.

He added that involving State House and the institution of the Army was a grave offence that required a heavy punishment.

Kalulu later prayed for mercy from the court saying he has a big family with five children.

He requested Court to also consider the time he has been on remand for nine months and that he is also sick and asked the priests to forgive him and pray for him.

After listening to both sides court sentenced the convict to five years in prison.

Others produced in the same court were a Civillian one Michael Mutobano who was arrested in Ntinda while dorning Army uniform of UPDF Air Force with a rank of Captain.

He has been charged witn illegal possession of military stores.

Court remanded him to Kitalya prison pending his trial by the General Court Martial.

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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