The officers were today arraigned before the Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC) which sat at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) headquarters in Mbuya. The committee chaired by Col Tom Kabuye sentenced the officers to serve two months in detention at Makindye military prison.
The officers are Capt Emmanuel Kyamwiru of Special Forces Command (SFC), Capt Shemu Nakora of Armored Warfare Training School-Kalama, Lt Wilson Kahamba, Lt Ronald Watwaluma, 2Lt Ronald Kabagambe and 2Lt Michael Asiimwe all of Oliver Tambo Leadership School Kaweweta. They were charged with an offence of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline of the Defence Forces contrary to section 178 of the UPDF Act 7 of 2005.
UDC prosecutor, Lt John Emmanuel Alihihi, told court that on or around November 19th to 23rd 2017, the officers, using social media, downloaded and shared a classified military document referred to as "General Administrative Order (GAO)" copy number 36 and published it amongst different social media groups.
According to prosecution, the document which contained instructions and names of promoted officers was published by officers without proper authority and that such authority is only a preserve of the Defence spokesperson on superior orders.
Col Kabuye, the chairman CMI disciplinary court, informed the accused that the highest punishment in an event an officer or militant, releases unauthorised information is imprisonment not less than two years and later dismissal from the defence forces with disgrace.
All the six officers pleaded guilty to the offence and asked for forgiveness saying they did it out of ignorance and excitement over their promoted colleagues.
Court ruled that the six be imprisoned for two months as a deterrence measure and a way of taming excitement from any other officer or militant intending to share classified information. Col Kabuye explained that the reason for giving them a lean sentence was a result of their cooperation during the trial.