KAMPALA – The General Court Martial has sentenced two men to four years in jail for attempted armed robbery at a fuel station owned by Dr Kizza Besigye in 2019.
The court chairman, Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, on Monday, 19 October 2020, sentenced the duo; Banuli Lubanga, 34, a former prison warden at Kigo government prison and David Okello, a 20-year-old security guard, based on their own guilty plea.
Prosecution stated that Banuli and Okello on June 22, 2019, while at Total fuel station in Nsambya were found in illegal possession of five rounds of ammunition and a gun serial number SAR ESO-80707649-9134, which is ordinarily a preserve for the defence forces.
However, Gen Gutti said while he sentenced the accused to four years and five months, he will deduct the time they have been in jail since June 2019.
He then said the convicts will now spend three years and one month and 3 days at Kigo government prison starting today. The convicts were arrested by Flying Squad operatives last year, who, claimed that they had trailed them following a tip-off about a plan to rob the said fuel station and a nearby supermarket.
Two other suspected thugs who were privy to the botched robbery were shot dead at the scene while Banuli was shot in the leg which later got amputated.