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Details Emerge on Why AIP Ekwang Shot Wife to Death :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Details Emerge on Why AIP Ekwang Shot Wife to Death

The Child and Family Unit (CFPU), headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Maureen Atuhaire, had summoned Ekwang through his duty station commander on Friday last week.
Deceased Cpl Jennifer Atino
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) David Ekwanga shot and killed his wife due to a dispute involving the care of their children, preliminary investigations by detectives have revealed. The incident occurred at 5:15 p.m. on a Tuesday inside their two-roomed house at the Jinja Road Police Barracks. Both the suspect and the deceased, Corporal Jennifer Atino, were under the Counter-Terrorism Directorate, led by Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Abbas Byakagaba.

The Child and Family Unit (CFPU), headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Maureen Atuhaire, had summoned Ekwang through his duty station commander on Friday last week. It is reported that Ekwang expressed his frustration to colleagues, stating that Cpl Atino's actions were embarrassing, and he intended to teach her a lesson. 

“He said his wife had become a thorn in his life. He accused her of not appreciating what he was providing for him. He claimed that the wife often forces him to take loans he had not planned for and as a result, he was getting a half salary,” Ekwang’s colleagues narrated to detectives.

Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, confirmed that the couple had a history of domestic violence, and the deceased had reported the suspect on September 1, 2023. Onyango revealed that Ekwang was summoned but failed to appear at the CFPU on the scheduled day. On the fateful Tuesday, Ekwang reported for duty at the Jinja Road Police Station and was summoned by the station's Family Unit supervisor.

“The suspect was informed of the offense of Child Neglect and he complained of receiving half his salary due to loans the deceased forced him to allegedly acquire. During the discussions, the deceased rejected what the suspect was offering her for child up-keep and demanded that the case file be forwarded to court for further management,” Onyango said.

Following their disagreement at the office, Ekwang and Atino left separately. The deceased returned home, and it was there that the suspect confronted her, leading to a heated argument. In the course of the dispute, Ekwang retrieved his pistol and shot Atino, resulting in her untimely demise. The firearm used by Ekwang, with serial number UG POL 0075461023626429, has since been recovered from the couple's residence. Detectives have determined that AIP Ekwang fired three fatal shots, hitting his wife in the head and chest.

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