UPDF declines to name Kawooya suspects


The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) on Saturday released images of men on handcuffs appearing before a Unit disciplinary committee at Mbuya army barracks.

The men, according to a short statement by the deputy UPDF spokesman Lt Col Deo Akiiki were the one who were captured on camera brutalising an opposition activist Yusuf Kawooya in the middle of a Kampala street.

This was near Christ the King church last Thursday afternoon.

The armed men emerged from a commuter taxi, pounced on Kawooya whom they hit with butts of their guns, dragged him on the tarmac before whisking him away.

Before the military court presided over by Col Tom Kabuye, the men pleaded guilty to charges of Conduct prejudicial to the good order and discipline of Defence forces contrary to Section 172 (1) and (2) of the UPDF Act.

The men on handcuffs at the military court in Mbuya

Apart from Cpl Daniel Ssenkungu, Akiiki and his senior Brig Richard Karemire declined to give the identities of others.

They also remained tight lipped on the fate of the men after they entered a plea of guilty to an offence that carries a punishment of dismissal with disgrace from the UPDF.

No journalists were allowed into Mbuya where the army court allegedly sat.

The alleged trial of the men was an admission on the side of the UPDF that it was behind Kawooya’s brutal arrest but the army remains adamant to reveal Kawooya’s whereabouts and the charges against him.