AMURU. Residents of Atiak Sub-county in Amuru District have called on authorities to rein in soldiers who abuse alcohol and drugs, saying they are a danger to the public.
The demand follows the recent killing of a barmaid by a soldier over Shs1,000.
Mr Gaetano Idra, a resident of Bibia parish where the barmaid was shot dead, said the army should restrict the movement of soldiers, especially at night.
“We have been seeing them around, especially in the night moving with their guns and they get into bars and other drinking joints,” Mr Idra said last week.
He claimed that some soldiers take marijuana and act violently.
Bibia parish LC3 chairperson Flamin Nyume said: “It is not because we do not want to associate with the army but we are concerned as people neighbouring the army detach.”
Call for respect
He also warned civilians against provoking soldiers, adding that both civilians and soldiers should respect each other.
The 4th Division spokesperson, Capt Ceaser Otim Olwany, said the UPDF is committed to protecting people and safeguarding their property.
“As UPDF, in our code of conduct, we always condemn the inhuman behaviour taken by some of our officers and we have always apologised. Those are personal behaviours that should not be attached to UPDF as an institution,” Capt Olweny said.
Early this month, a soldier, Pt Kennedy Okumu, 40, deployed at Bibia Army Detach, was sentenced to 45 years in jail by UPDF court martial for shooting dead a barmaid, Faidha Sida, in Bibia Trading Centre, over Shs1,000.
Last year in April, a UPDF soldier was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing one person and injuring three others after they had a misunderstanding at a bar.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor