Two soldiers accused of killing three people during protests last year that broke out following the arrest of Uganda’s then-presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, at a campaign rally have been convicted by the country’s military court.
More than 50 people were killed over two days.
Grace Walungama, was sentenced to life in prison for killing someone thought to be a protester at a mechanic workshop.
He also shot Hussein Ssenoga, a colleague who refused to help in the arrest.
Having a reputation of being quick to open fire, the second soldier was a member of the Local Defence Unit; a paramilitary outfit operating under the army.
He was sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing Ibrahim Kirevu; a man he was supposed to escort to a cell at a police station.
These are the first convictions related to killings by the security forces during last year’s protests.