By Watchdog reporter

Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has denied torturing Lt. John Junior Mwale who has been alleging to have been tortured by the army while in incarceration.

Mwale recently told journalists that he Was Beaten By His Fellow Soldiers at Mbuya Barracks on orders of his boss one Maj. Ramathan Gidudu.

However , yesterday the army spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire said the complainant is a drunkard and violent officer who was arrested on 6 February 2015 from Kisenyi bar for his violent character.

He said Mwale was charged in Military Police Unit Disciplinary Committee for drunkenness, insubordinate behavior and attempt to commit arson. He was convicted and served of one year but he was never tortured during the time of arrest and during imprisonment.

“Lt John Junior Mwaale joined the UPDF in 1998 and has been a habitual drunkard and violent officer. He was in the wee hours of 6th Feb 2015 arrested from Kisenyi bar and because of his very violent character, was handcuffed on arrest. He was subsequently charged in the Military Police Unit Disciplinary Committee for drunkenness, insubordinate behavior, and attempt to commit arson,”Karemire said

“He was convicted and served a sentence of one year. He underwent various medical treatment at various centres aimed at saving him from some long time held ailments. He was released on 22nd July 2016 and ought to have reported back to his Military Police Unit. He is still a serving UPDF officer and can access free and proper medical treatment. Any concerns he may have, can still be handled by the leadership,” he added.

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