CMI jails soldiers for leaking classified info

The jailed officers [Photo credit: Kenneth Kazibwe/ Nile Post]

Six UPDF officers have been jailed by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC) for spreading the army classified information on social media.

A Unit Disciplinary Committee is a lower court of the military court martial created under section 195 of the UPDF act and is given the mandate of trying all cases other than capital offences such as rape, murder and treason.

The six officers charged on Tuesday Capt Emmanuel Kyamwiru of Special Forces Command (SFC), Capt Shemu Nakora of Armored Warfare Training School-Kalama, Lt Wilson Kahamba, Lt Ronald Watwaluma, Lt Ronald Kabagambe and Lt Michael Asiimwe from Oliver Tambo Leadership School Kaweweta.

The army said the officers without proper authority circulated information regarding promotions yet it is only a preserve of the Defence Spokesperson on superior orders.

The officers appeared before Col. Tom Kabuye at CMI headquarters Mbuya where they pleaded guilty before being sentenced to two months imprisonment at Makindye military prison.

They were charged with an offence of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline of the Defence Forces contrary to section 178 of the UPDF Act 7 of 2005.

According to the court prosecutor, Lt John Emmanuel Alihihi, the accused between November 19th and 23rd 2017, using social media, downloaded and shared a classified military document referred to as

“General Administrative Order (GAO)” copy number 36 and published it amongst different social media groups.

The document which contained instructions and names of promoted officers was published by officers without proper authority and that such authority is only a preserve of the ministry of Defence spokesperson on superior orders.