Practice Relating to Rule 52. Pillage
Under Uganda’s Code of Conduct (1986), “theft of property” is a punishable offence.
Uganda’s Operational Code of Conduct (1986) provides: “The offence of undermining relationship with the civilian population shall include … stealing civilian property or food.”
The Code of Conduct further states:
The offence of personal interests endangering operational efficiency shall include … capturing from the enemy goods for personal use instead of capturing materials needed to help the war effort of the movement; failing to report and hand in goods captured from the enemy.
Uganda’s National Resistance Army Statute (1992) punishes any
person subject to military law who –
(d) breaks into any house or other place in search of plunder; …
(g) steals any money or property which has been left exposed or unprotected in consequence of war-like operations; or
(h) takes otherwise than for the service of the Republic of Uganda any money or property abandoned by the enemy.
Uganda’s Operational Code of Conduct (1986) provides that “stealing civilian property or food” is an “offence undermining relationship with the civilian population”. According to the manual, although this offence may be committed by soldiers, “any civilian aiding and abetting any National Resistance Army member to commit any of the above offences [including stealing] will be charged with the same offences”.