By Our Reporter
President Museveni’s decoration of four UPDF soldiers attached to the External Security Organization (ESO) for blocking Justice Catherine Bamugemereire and her team from accessing a contested piece of land on Mutungo hill continues to draw mixed reactions from the general public.
The medals awarded to four soldiers on Heroes’ Day at Kasanje have widely been viewed as a smirk in the commission’s face.
The Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Rukutana Mwesigwa is the latest to laud the soldiers who were recently promoted for their bravery when they blocked Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.
The Heroes’ Day medals were accompanied with a Presidential handshake to Sgt. Julius Katuriba and three other soldiers.
“The soldiers did not deny the commission access but they stopped them from acting illegally,” Mr. Rukutana said insisting the land probe is in the habit of overstepping their mandate.
However, the Democratic Party (DP) President Mr. Norbert Mao castigated the awarding during the party’s weekly press briefing on Tuesday.
“These medals were given to spite Justice Bamugemereire generally and tell her that she is nothing and I’m sure all the land grabbers in Uganda are celebrating because those who broke justice have been given medals,” Mr. Mao said.
He added that the soldiers’ conduct was extremely unprofessional.
“They should have asked Justice Bamugemereire and the team to wait while they contact their supervisors but cocking their guns to shoot her was unwarranted.”
Mr. Mao added that medals are supposed to be awarded and must be accompanied by a citation which explains what a person did to deserve the medal.
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