Crime & Investigation

UPDF Soldier Kills 3 In Kampala Shooting

troche geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The random shooting took place on Sunday night in Kinawataka trading centre, cost which is usually frequented by soldiers attached to Mbuya Barracks.

President Yoweri Museveni has always emphasised that UPDF is a professional army but the latest incident and the killing of 11 civilians in Bombo last year paints a picture of an institution harbouring dangerous elements.

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, described the incident as an “individual act” which would be “severely punished.”

Asked to identify the suspect, Ankunda responded: “I am getting those details soon. But I can assure you we shall get him. We are searching for the suspect so he can face the full wrath of the law.”

Ankunda said UPDF would not tolerate “any impunity,” adding, “We have to effect the law.”


He downplayed fears that the killing would taint the army’s human rights record, saying, “Our image as an institution is bigger than individuals. That’s why we must punish such people who divert from the law.”

Pressed on whether the soldier acted on the influence of alcohol, Ankunda noted: “Whether he was sober or not, he will be punished. There is no doubt about it. Soon we will know the motive since an investigation is underway.”

Last year, a one Pte. Simon Peter Opelia (RA. 06037), attached to Bombo barracks, shot and killed Captain Tom Sekito and Sgt Mike Okoth before fleeing the General Army headquarters.

Earlier, the UPDF Court Martial had sentenced Cpl. Herbert Rwakihembo to 35 years in jail for murdering three women in Kisenyi, Luzira, Nakawa Division in 2012.

A few months later, Pte. Patrick Okot Odoch, murdered i1 people including soldiers following a bar brawl in Bombo Trading Centre.

Two other shooting incidents were witnessed at Top Pub, a Kampala nightspot, with soldiers firing randomly at partiers.

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