A Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier is at large after he allegedly shot and injured a commercial sex worker in Kisoro District in western Uganda.
Andrew Niwagaba, who is attached to the 35th Battalion Nyakabande in Nyakabande Sub County in Kisoro District, is wanted for shooting and injuring Ms Annet Uwimana, a commercial sex worker at one of the pubs in Russia Village in Central Division of Kisoro Municipality.
Russia is a popular hub for commercial sex in Kisoro Municipality.
Mr Charles Okotto, the Kisoro District Police Commander (DPC), says the soldier shot Uwinana at around 3am on Sunday.
According to the DPC, it all started when Niwagaba found Uwimana dancing with unidentified reveller.
He says the suspect who was armed with an AK47 rifle opened fire shooting Uwimana on the right shoulder before fleeing.
Mr Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson, says Uwimana was rushed to Kisoro Hospital where she is admitted.
Mr Maate, who condemned the incident, says they have launched a manhunt for the suspect in liaison with the military.
“As a security matter, we have always condemned people who are trigger hungry. There are many other methods through which issues can amicably be addressed other than use of a fire arm…we. I call upon whoever has information on his whereabouts to report to police. We are working closely with our brothers 35th Battalion and other administrators to ensure he’s arrested and brought to book,” he says.
Police have opened investigations at Kisoro Police Station vide SD number 03/24/03/2019.