Amisom soldier imprisoned for fuel theft 

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Makindye Court Martial has sentenced a UPDF soldier formerly serving under the Amisom contingent to two months in jail for stealing fuel.

Ahmed Seiko, the battalion information officer, is accused of participating in fuel diversion while on a mission in Somalia.

According to the testimony of Pte. Grace Nuwagaba, the intelligence staff at one of the battalion’s companies, Lt Seiko was informed of the fuel diversion but never acted.

Nuwagaba said their 343 battalion commander, Lt. Col. Benson Olanya, had threatened to castrate him for attempting to stop soldiers from taking fuel out of the barracks under his instructions.

He had tried to stop soliders from loading a drum (200 liters) and a jerrycan (20 liters) of fuel onto a cart tied to a donkey at a quarter guard of the headquarters located in Joa town in Mogadishu.

The General Court Martial chairman, Maj. Gen. Levi Karuhanga, said Seiko ought to have reported the matter to his senior army chiefs.

Court faulted him on failure to; execute his duties, investigate the diversion of fuel and report to his superiors.

He was nonetheless acquitted on the charge of failure to execute one’s duties, saying no evidence for the entry of vehicles in the Amisom camp without checking.

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