Crime & Investigation

Jinja Bridge: UPDF Soldier Kills Colleague; Commits Suicide

Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) marines have intensified the search for the body of a soldier who was shot dead by a colleague at Jinja Bridge, Eastern Uganda on Tuesday evening.

Motorists say a section of the old bridge has been cordoned off to facilitate efforts to recover the body which fell in River Nile.

Contacted, UPDF Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire told ChimpReports that  Pte “Katusiime of Marine Brigade based at Jinja Bridge detach shot and killed  his superior, a one Sgt Peter Ouma of the same unit and thereafter killed himself.”

It remains unclear what exactly triggered the shooting.

But it’s said a heated argument sparked the killer shots.

Karemire said the body of Sgt Ouma “unfortunately fell into the waters of the Nile and a search for the same is ongoing.”

This comes just days after a UPDF officer committed suicide after shooting a colleague in Somalia.

Karemire revealed that Capt Edward Ssebagala, who was on a mission one Somalia, shot himself after injuring L/Cpl Jackie Nabifo.

Cases of soldiers committing suicide after shooting each other have been on the rise in recent years.

Four UPDF soldiers died in May following a shooting at Mogadishu Base Camp” – a sprawling complex where hundreds of AMISOM soldiers are stationed.

The May killings appeared to be the single deadliest episode of soldier-on-soldier violence among Ugandan forces since the East African country deployed combatants in the war-torn country in 2007.

Karemire today said “investigations have commenced to establish the circumstances behind this (Jinja) fatal incident.”

He further said the UPDF has “instituted an inquiry into this incident to establish facts behind this incident.”

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