Sunday April 13 2014

Army pays families of Ntoroko shooting victims Shs45m

By Ruth katusabe & Felix Basiime

The army has given Shs2 million to each family of those killed when a soldier in Ntoroko District shot indiscriminately at people in a discotheque over a woman.

Families of the 25 injured in the Friday night fracas each received Shs1 million for hospital bills and upkeep, the UPDF announced yesterday.
“UPDF as an institution has contributed Shs2m for burial expenses to each family that lost its member. We have also given Shs1 million to each person who was injured in the scuffle,” the Rwenzori sub-region army spokesperson, Lt Ninsima Rwemijuma, said.

The money was distributed by a team led by the UPDF political commissar, Col Felix Kulayigye.
The army also visited the aggrieved families and the survivors currently admitted to Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital.
Ten people were killed and 25 remain hospitalised.

According to the hospital’s medical superintendant, Mr Charles Olaro, most of the casualties were out of danger.

Witnesses said Pte Amanyire, attached to UPDF’s Rhino Battalion, picked up a quarrel with a boda boda cyclist after both claimed to be the lover of an unnamed woman.

The argument resulted into a fight in which colleagues ganged with the rider to beat the soldier.

Humiliated, a witness said the soldier warned of something ominous before retreating to the nearby Kanyansi Barracks in Karugutu.
He then re-emerged, dressed in jean pants and an army jacket, slinging an assault rifle, before opening fire on merrymakers at around 10pm before taking his life.

The Ntoroko District police commander, Mr Bosco Bakashaba, said investigations into the incident were underway.
The Friday shooting was one of growing number of incidents where trigger-happy soldiers randomly kill civilians at public places.

other shootings
June 26, 1994: Pte Richard Komakech kills 27, including himself at a wedding function in Naguru, a Kampala suburb.

December 26, 1994: Pte Alfred Ogwang kills 13, injures 14, revellers in Kamwenge District.

2009: Presidential Guard soldier Pte Nicholas Mucunguzi (later shot dead by colleagues), kills 5 and injures eight in Kampala.
March 9, 2013: Pte Patrick Okot Odoch opens fire on Bombo residents, killing 10 and injuring three.