Bombo shooting: UPDF soldier remanded over murder

Wednesday March 27 2013

By EPHRAIM KASOZI

A UPDF soldier who allegedly shot ten people dead in Bombo has been remanded to Makindye Military Prison after being charged with ten counts including murder.

The General Court Martial that was presided over by Brig. Fred Tolit remanded Private Patrick Okot Odoki until April 17.

Pt. Odoki, a soldier attached to Air Defence at Bombo was charged with alleged murder, aggravated robbery, and attempted murder and failing to protect war materials.

He denied all the charges prompting court to remand him pending investigations.

It is alleged that on March 9, 2013, Pt. Okot abandoned his guard station and his 14.5mm air craft gun at Bombo Army barracks and proceeded to Gogonya Village, Bombo Town Council where he robbed Ms Halima Lukiya of Shs2, 000, a hand bag and a mobile telephone.

Prosecution led by Capt. Fred Kangwamu further alleges that after the said robbery, Pt. Okot proceeded to another village at Mpakawelo and shot dead 10 people and injured others.

He is alleged to have shot dead Sgt. Joel Obote, Sgt Onesmus Odure, Corporal Isaac Osere, Warrant officer II Francis Musana, Sarah Akol, Wilfred Oledi, a market guard. Others are one Oketch, Odere, Private Kedi and the bar owner Maama Jackie.

 Pt Okot was arrested on March 18 at Abere Trading Centre in Oyam District.

Before the same court, another UPDF soldier Col. Phenekas Mugyenyi attached to the regular forces was charged with kidnapping a soldier with an intention of confining him.

Col. Mugyenyi denied the charges and was remanded to Makindye Military Prison until today.

 Prosecution alleges that on March 15, 2013 at Bunga , Makindye Division, Col. Mugyeni abducted Lt. Zacharia Ndamira who is accused of setting up rebel bases in Uganda to fight the government of Democratic Republic of Congo.

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