UGANDA: SOLDIER TO HANG FOR MURDER
September 2, 2011: a UPDF soldier was sentenced to death for murder in Uganda by the court martial.
Private Boniface Muhindo, was sentenced by the court which sat at the 5th Division headquarters at Acholi Pii, Pader district.
Muhindo, who has been attached to the 5th Division garrison, was found guilty of murdering Pte. Mathias Lugumba on February 8, 2010 at Acholi Pii.
Court heard that Muhindo borrowed sh20,000 from the deceased and when he was asked to pay back, he refused and hatched a plan to eliminate Lugumba.
Prosecution told court that on February 8, 2010 when the victim went out, Muhindo ambushed him and shot him in the chest three times.
Muhindoâs lawyer, Lt. Augustine Tumwebaze, had prayed for a lenient sentence, saying Muhindo was a first-time offender.
However, state prosecutor Capt. Juuko Musa asked for a tough sentence since some soldiers had made it a habit to kill fellow soldiers over petty issues. (Sources: New Vision, 02/01/2011)