The 3rd Infantry Division Court Martial (DCM) sitting at Longaroe and Nakapelimoru Sub-counties, Kotido District has sentenced four civilians for the murder of Local Council Three Chairperson of Longaroe Sub-county, Moses Lomuria, Lt. Issa Mayende, Prt. Mwanika David and Lokol Peter.
The Division Court Martial chaired by Colonel Francis Kateraho heard that on July 2, 2023 while at Narubela village in Longaroe Sub-county, Modo John Apakoru, Lomuramoe Paul, Lomoru Lopukan and Koryang Timothy shot and killed the Local Council 3 Chairperson of Longaroe Sub-county, Hon. Lomuria Moses, Lt Issa Mayende, Prt. Mwanika David and Peter Lokol.
The accused were each charged with four counts of Murder, contrary to Section 188 and 189 Art 22 (1) and Section 191 of the Penal Code Act and after evaluating all the evidence provided by the prosecution, the court found the accused persons guilty of the offence of murder and attempted murder.
The court convicted John Modo Apakori, Lomuriamoe Paul and Lomoru Lopukan each to 60 years imprisonment for all three counts and are to be served concurrently.
Relatedly, the court sentenced Koryang Timothy to 20 years imprisonment for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. Court heard that Koryang was a kingpin and leader of the gang that on several occasions terrorized communities in Agago and headed raids in the Region.
Following his arrest, his gang carried out a retaliatory attack that led to the murder of four people including Lt. Issa Mayende, Prt. Mwanika David, Lopol Peter and Lomoria Moses in Nabela village.
Meanwhile, the Division Court Martial sentenced Prt. Peter Lokidi to 65 years imprisonment on three counts of murder and five years for each of the two counts of attempted murder which are to be served concurrently.
Prt. Peter Lokidi attached to the 23 Infantry Battalion in 2 Division, while on leave shot dead the Watakao LC1 Chairperson Peter Lojale, Locheng Lopiringole, Angol Lochoriathe and injured Apakuruk Longole and Akure Daniel.
The court found actions of Prt. Lokidi contravened the laws of Uganda and the UPDF Code of Conduct.
The court noted that Prt. Lokidi’s actions did not only tarnish the image of UPDF but were regrettable as he killed and injured the people he was supposed to protect.