THE 5th Division has sentenced a soldier to three years imprisonment and dismissed him from the army with disgrace for possessing and smoking drugs.
In a statement, the division public relations officer, Capt. Deo Akiiki, said Private Jackson Ndyanabo pleaded guilty to the offence before the unit disciplinary committee chaired by Maj. David Makanga at the division headquarters in Achol-Pii, Pader district.
â€œWitnesses who got Ndyanabo smoking the opium which is prohibited in the armed forces, pinned him,â€ Akiiki said.
He added that Sgt Tom Odong of Golf Battalion, who was charged with desertion, was sentenced to two years in jail and dismissed with disgrace.
Lance corporal Benson Kaggwa, also of Golf Battalion, was charged with escape from custody but he denied the charges and was remanded until May 1.
â€œPrivate Gerald Ankunda of the 23rd Battalion was charged with failure to protect war materials. The court rejected his bail application and he was remanded up to May 1,â€ Akiiki explained.
Meanwhile, the court welcomed recently appointed members, who were sworn in before the session.
â€œThe new members are Maj. Makanga as the chairman unit disciplinary committee, Capt Johnson Miria and three others,â€ Akiiki stated, adding that the army does not tolerate indiscipline among soldiers.
The division public relations officer also observed that the relationship between the army and civilians in the region had improved tremendously. The population, he noted, trusted the soldiers to guarantee their security.
Soldier dismissed over smoking opium