A UPDF soldier accused of killing eight people and injuring three others in Kanungu District on April 21, has denied murder and attempted murder charges brought against him.
Appearing before a court martial chaired by Col Geoffrey Mujuni at Kihihi Polytechnic playground on Monday, LCpl Moses Katwesigye kept quiet when eight charges of murder and three attempted murder charges were read against him.
Cpt Gedion Makanzu, the judge advocate (adviser), advised court that silence meant that the accused pleads not guilty to the charges. This prompted the chairperson to call for the trial of the accused to begin.
LCpl Katwesigye, who was attached to the 307 UPDF Brigade barracks at Mburamizi in Kihihi Town Council, is alleged to have shot dead two soldiers: LCpl Saverio Byansi and Pte Sarah Auma, who was his wife, at the barracks at around 9pm.
He reportedly ran out of the barracks, shot dead six civilians and injured three others at the nearby Kiruruma Trading Centre out of rage before he handed himself to police.
The civilians he allegedly murdered are Maria Musiimenta, 38; Medard Byamukama 38; Oliver Tindiwensi Tugumisirize, 48; Apohia Kyosimire, 18; Victory Gumoshabe, 7; and Shafi Ndahikire, 32, all from Kiruruma Village.
He allegedly injured Mr Dick Tumuheirwe, Mr Emmanuel Mbarekye and Mr Frank Twongyeirwe. He has been charged with eight counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.
As the trial commenced, prosecution led by Lt Charles Ssekiyita told court that they will present 25 witnesses.
By press time 11 witnesses had testified in the cases against the soldier.