Brig Richard Karemire, the UPDF Spokesperson, says the national army will continue to handle indisciplined officers as the military regulations require.
He was reacting to a video showing the arrest of Lt John Junior Mwaale by military police from a bar in Kisenyi.
“UPDF will firmly handle such indisciplinados. This is one of the ways to keep a peoples’ force. Hakuna Michezo,” Karemire said.
Lt John Junior Mwaale joined the UPDF in 1998 and “has been a habitual drunkard and violent officer”.
Karemire said Mwaale was in the wee hours of 6th February 2015 arrested from Kisenyi bar and because of his very violent character, was handcuffed on arrest.
He was subsequently charged in the Military Police Unit Disciplinary Committee for drunkenness, insubordinate behaviour, and attempt to commit arson.
He was convicted and served a sentence of one year. He underwent various medical treatment at various centres aimed at saving him from some long time held ailments.
He was released on 22nd July 2016 and ought to have reported back to his Military Police Unit.
Karemire denied that the army tortured Mwaale at the time of his arrest and during imprisonment.
“UPDF shall remain very firm in dealing with any indisciplined soldier using our tested legal methods,” Karemire insisted.
Mwaale says he was tortured, his 42-inch television set he bought at Shs800,000, a watch that cost him $100 in Mogadishu and a Lumia 6 smart phone, were all taken to the OC’s house.
“After beating and deforming me, they went to Somalia where they are now eating rice and chicken as my family suffers. My children have dropped out of school and I live on handouts now,” he said.
In a civil suit No. 568 of 2016, filed on August 26, 2016, Mwaale accuses Col Emmanuel Kanyesigye, the commandant of the Military Police Barracks, Major Ramathan Gidudu, Sergeant Yahaya Byenkya, Cpl Joel Okong, Cpl James Anywar, Cpl Kisule, Private Odur, and Cpl Nzeyimana, of torturing him.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has directed the Parliament Police commander to locate Mwaale who was arrested on the steps of the August house trying to report torture to the speaker.