By Christopher Nyeko
GULU: The office of the resident city commissioner is reportedly stuck with a set of assorted Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) military hardware, including a military bag full of assorted military pieces, a military uniform, a military mattress, a makeshift tent, and a military boot.
The owner of this hardware was reportedly arrested in August this year in Gulu City by officers from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and taken to CMI headquarters in Kampala over an undisclosed matter.
Peter Banya, the resident city commissioner in charge of Laroo-Pece division, says his office was informed by the owner of the campus guest house in Layib Center A and B Laroo-Pece division about the abandoned set of UPDF military arteries at the guest house.
Upon coordination with other security agencies, the RCC’s office established that the owner of the hardware is one of the people who were arrested at the guest house in August.
Speaking to this publication last evening, Banya revealed that he is receiving a phone call from an unknown person from Arua City claiming ownership of this military hardware.
Banya, however, warned civilians to refrain from donning military attire, saying it was criminal.
He reveals that his office has received one complaint about a man in Laroo who is reportedly wearing a military uniform and threatening the residents of his area, thus assuring that his office has launched investigations into the matter.
The resident city commissioner urged the public to report anybody who is imposing military wear to the relevant authority so that necessary steps are taken.
The Uganda People’s Defense Force Act of 2005, Section 119(h)i, says that every person found in unlawful possession of an arm, ammunition, or equipment ordinarily in the monopoly of defense, ii, or other classified store as prescribed without certificates Is subject to court marital, and when found guilty, will be convicted for not more than 10 years of imprisonment.
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