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Soldier in Trouble for Gun Misuse

According to Mawanda, the soldier picked a firearm from the barracks and opened fire indiscriminately following a misunderstanding with his friend.

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A Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF soldier in Tororo district is in trouble for misusing his firearm and indiscriminate shooting. Geoffrey Lubanga Kenneth, a member of the Royal guards attached to the Tieng Adhola’s palace in Tororo Municipality is locked up at Rubongi military barracks.    

He was arrested on Monday following a shooting spree in Amagoro village. Edrine Mawanda, the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson, says that a combined team comprising the police and army picked up Lubanga after receiving reports about his conduct. 

According to Mawanda, the soldier picked a firearm from the barracks and opened fire indiscriminately following a misunderstanding with his friend.  

 

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Eyewitnesses say that the soldier developed a misunderstanding with a pork seller whom he was forcing to buy maize flour, which he had stolen from the palace. Residents say this is not the first time, soldiers guarding Tieng Adhola’s palace are misbehaving and want them withdrawn and replaced by others.

However, Richard Josel Obbo, the Prime Minister of Tieng Adhola, says that there is no need for panic because it is issue of personal misconduct.