Five people have been reported dead and seven injured in Karenga trading Center in Kaabong District after a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) officer opened fire on civilians before before committing suicide.
UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, said Private Angulu George of 17Bn at Karenga trading Center on Thursday escaped from the unit with a firearm that he used to kill four civilians and injured seven others before killing himself.
According to Mr Ankunda, the injured were evacuated by the UPDF and Uganda Wild Life Authority to St Joseph Hospital, Kitgum where they are in a stable condition. However one who was in a critical condition was further airlifted by Uganda Peoples’s Defence Air Forces to Mulago Hospital.
“The Uganda People’s Defence Forces regrets the death and injury of civilians who according to eye witnesses were on Thursday evening shot by Pte Angulu ,” he said before adding that police are investigating the cause of the shooting.
In a statement issued on Friday, Mr Ankunda further stressed that “the UPDF Institution condemns all acts of aggression by individual soldiers against the civilians and is conducting investigations into the matter to minimize a repeat of a similar situation. Legal action will be taken in the event that the investigations reveal other persons being related to the offence.”
This is not the first time a serving army officer is reported killing civilians.
In march this year, a bar waitress was shot dead by a soldier over Shs1000 change.
The UPDF officer identified as Lance Corporal Kennedy Okumu, attached to Bibia barracks in Amuru district shot the bar attendant, Faridah Shida twice in the chest killing her instantly after a disagreement over the said money.
In April last year, Pte Chris Amanyire shot 10 people dead, including five soldiers and left 25 others injured in a shooting spree following a bar brawl over a woman in Ntoroko District on Friday night.
Pte Amanyire, attached to Rhino Battalion at Kanyansi barracks, also shot himself dead.
On March 9, 2013, Pte Patrick Okot Odoch killed ten people and wounded at least two others in a bar with an AK-47, before fleeing. He was arrested in Oyam district ten days later and charged with murder and attempted murder. On June 4 he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 90 years in prison.
On June 10, 2010, the army court martial on sentenced a Lanse Corporal Francis Okello, to life imprisonment for murdering his girlfriend in Karugutu Trading Centre, Ntoroko District in 2008.
Okello killed Ms Kave Esparance on July 6, 2008 by shooting her 17 times in the abdomen after he allegedly caught her with another man, kissing.
SOME OF THE PAST RAMPAGE KILLINGS
July 28, 1950
An aggrieved father, Lazaro Obwara, 55, whose child was admitted at Mulago Hospital and was at point of death ran amok and stabbed to death a woman and eleven children with a knife. He was later arrested and charged with murder.
April 15, 1983
An unknown Special Forces Police officer in Soroti, ran amok and shot and killed 16 people at the funeral of a colleague before committing suicide.
June 26, 1994
Anti-Smuggling Unit (ASU) soldier Richard Komakech shot randomly at wedding guests, killing 14 on spot; 12 died later in hospital and 13 were injured in Naguru, Kampala, after one of the female guests refused to dance with him.
December 25, 1994
Police constable Alfred Ogwang attached to Kamwenge Police station shot revellers in a disco in a trading centre, killing 13 people and wounding 14 others.
March 23, 1998
A Police officer, Fred Ngobi, shot dead seven people, including four Chinese workers at a Chinese construction company, before later killing himself.
October 15, 2006
A UPDF soldier, Bono-Lino Africano, shot seven people dead, including his wife, child and father in law at Laguti IDP camp in Pader District.
September 28, 2006
UPDF soldier, Private Andrew Wanyama, attached to the 409 brigade in Arua, shot at a crowd in Paradise night club, killing at least three people and injuring four others.
May 1, 2009
UPDF soldier, Private Nicholas Mucunguzi, attached to Presidential Guard Brigade (now Special Forces Command) opened fire on revellers at Top Pub in Kampala, killing eight people after a prostitute reportedly made off with his mobile phone and money. He later shot himself.
December 10, 2012
UPDF soldier, Herbert Rwakihembo shot three people and injured one in Kisenyi Zone III, Luzira in Nakawa Division; after his wife allegedly cheated on him.
March 9, 2013
UPDF soldier, Private Patrick Okot Odoch, shot dead 10 people including five soldiers and injured two others at a trading centre in Bombo, Luweero District.
October 7, 2013
Eight people were shot dead at Top Pub, a bar in Kampala following a scuffle between two men over a commercial sex worker. Deogratias Ilukori, a security guard was arrested later after he reported to police that his pistol was missing.
UPDF soldier, Patrick Odong, opened fire at revellers in a pub in Kiwanawataka, Kampala killing three people.
January 14, 2014
UPDF Soldier, Pte Andrew Sikhanga, attached to Arengekeju detach in Nadunget Sub-county, shot dead a tractor turn man in Moroto District.