Crime & Investigation

UPDF Soldier Kills Two In Kisoro Shooting


approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Sgt Robert Okiror, who is attached to the 7th battalion, allegedly fired dozens of rounds of ammunitions at the wooden door of Maama Derrick’s house, killing her and a yet-to-be identified 12 year-old girl.

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The victims were asleep when Okiror opened fire.

The incident occurred at around 1:00am on Sunday, sending shockwaves across western Uganda.

It is thought Okiror had earlier quarreled with Maama Derrick after the latter refused sexual advances from the drunken soldier.

Other reports indicate the soldier had borrowed a lot of money from the bar owner and failed to pay back, leading to the Sunday incident.

Following a quarrel on Saturday night, Okiror reportedly returned to the barracks where he picked an AK 47 assault rifle to settle his scores.

Eyewitnesses say neighbours were woken up by heavy gunfire, with many fearing that the township had come under attack by rebels from Eastern Congo.

Police detectives discovered the gun used in the cold murder and blood-soaked bed sheets.

The bodies of the deceased were last night taken to Kisoro Hospital for postmortem.

Cases of gun misuse by soldiers are on the rise in Uganda. On December 22, a soldier shot and killed three people in Kinawataka town, Kampala.

In Bombo early this year, a soldier killed 11 people at a bar.


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