Soldier sentenced to five years for conning Men of God

Private Kalulu Stephen before Army Court on Friday. A UPDF photo.

A Uganda Peoples Defence Force [UPDF] soldier Private Kalulu Stephen has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence [CMI] Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC), the lower military Court convicted him on counts of obtaining money by false pretence.

The convict got the money worth 40M from one Rev Fr Kawanguzi Emmanuel and Rev Father Isanga Joseph Baligeya after deceiving the dual he works with State House and that he has a connection with the President.

He promised to help Men of God by bringing H.E the President to Kamuli Mission Hospital and encourage him to renovate the same.

Kalulu further promised to provide the facility with water tanks from UPDF.

The priests who had land issues with neighbours of the hospital land confided in the soldier who promised them that the President would fence their land. In turn, priests sent unspecified amounts of money through mobile money to facilitate Kalulu go about the mission.

While reading the judgement, the chairman CMI UDC Col. Tom Kabuye informed court that the army will not condone this kind of indiscipline and impunity especially from its own.

After overwhelming evidence was presented, Prosecution led by Lt Chris Tumusime asked Court that the convict be sentenced to a maximum sentence as a deterrent measure to all those who may commit similar offences.

Lt Chris added that involving State House and the institution of the Army was a grave offence that required a heavy punishment.

Pte Kalulu later prayed for mercy from the Court, saying he has a big family with five children. He requested Court to also consider the time he has been on remand for nine months and that he is also sick and asked the Reverend Fathers to forgive him and pray for him.

After listening to both sides, Court sentenced the convict to only five years in prison.

Others produced in the same Court were a civilian one Mutobano Michael who was arrested in Ntinda while donning army uniform of UPDF Air Force with a rank of Captain.

He was charged with illegal possession of military stores. Court remanded him to Kitalya prison pending his trial by the General Court Martial.

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