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Stop Provoking Armed Personnel – Army Warns as 12 People Are Shot in Gun Violence

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At total of 12 people have been shot in three days this week, making it the highest number of victims to suffer gun violence in a shortest time since 2014.

Police and sister security agencies are currently investigating four separate incidents in which people were shot, half of them fatally.

Three incidents took place in Kampala and Gulu districts.

Out of the 12 victims, six people have been killed while the rest have been critically injured. Some are still admitted in different hospitals.

The shooters in all the tragedies are security personnel, that is, UPDF soldiers, policemen and a suspected operative whose identity and agency are not yet established.

The wave started on Sunday morning about 3am at a popular bar located at Gelp petrol station in Nakulabye, a Kampala surbub.

A man only identified as Mpora who is still at large shot and injured three people after a quarrel.

The three victims were rushed to Mulago hospital in critical condition for treatment.

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Kampala Metropolitan police said, the manager of the bar was later arrested for questioning as he is suspected to have provoked the quarrel.

Also along Gayaza road, UPDF’s Lt Col. Juma Seiko shot and injured three people after a brawl that broke out when he was reportedly involved in an accident in which he knocked another car.

Witnesses said chaos broke out when occupants of the car which was allegedly knocked by Seiko came out to check the damage.

In Gulu, another soldier attached to the 4th Division identified as corporal Geoffrey Okello gunned down three people.

Reports indicate that in this incident the soldier killed his relatives following a family disagreement.

Although the family had reported their differences in courts of law, the suspect did not wait for the judicial process to be concluded and decided to commit the murder.

The deceased were identified as Beatrice Ajok, 52, Joachim Dan Binyang aged 18, Owen Norman 20 and Peace Apoyorot who escaped with severe injuries.

Maj. Ceaser Olwenyi, the spokesperson of UPDF 4th division confirmed that the suspect was immidiately uprehended from Gulu barracks and detained pending trial.

Relatedly, a separate shoot out happened in Makindye Kampala in which three people lost their lives in gun violence.

This happened on Tuesday at Bunamwaya Community Police Station in Makindye Sabagobo, Kampala.

The unfortunate incident was a double murder and suicide.

Its alleged that Police Constable Ojilong Ben had a heated argument with his colleague CPL Opito Alex .

Ojilong picked his gun and shot Opito several times killing him instantly .

One of the Local Defence Unit personnel that was passing by was injured in the process, but was later pronounced dead on arrival at Kitebi Health Centre. Ojilong lator committed suicide by shooting.

Meanwhile, as security agencies investigate the new crime wave, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces have cautioned the public against provoking armed personnel.

Army spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire while speaking at the Army headquarters in Mbuya, said this in regards to the incident in which Lt.Col Juma Seiko shot at three people at Mumbule along Gayaza road.

He said the army is investigating the matter carefully also considering the fact that Seiko sustained injuries   in the roadside brawl.

“We are carefully handling this issue because he (Lt Col Seiko) was injured.  You never know he may have shot in self-defence,” Karemire said

He therefore cautioned the public against intimidating and provoking security personnel saying that “You may be a victim for nothing.”

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