Capt. Tonny Olinga and his two juniors identified as Okello and Oloya allegedly killed, Vincent Opiyo, on 13th of November at Apaa, Zoka forest in Adjumani District.
The Criminal Investigations Directorate has arrested a Uganda
People’s Defence Forces –UPDF Captain and two soldiers on accusations of
shooting and killing a man last month.
Capt. Tonny Olinga and his two juniors identified as Okello and Oloya allegedly
killed, Vincent Opiyo, on 13th of November at Apaa, Zoka forest in Adjumani
District. The trio’s arrest came after, President Yoweri Museveni, during his
campaigns received complaints from locals accusing Capt Olinga and other
soldiers of maliciously killing Opiyo whom they accused of carrying charcoal
CID team led by Francis Olugu, who is also head of general crimes desk, has
established that Olinga on the fateful day mobilized four-armed Uganda Wildlife
Authority –UWA and eleven UPDF soldiers for an operation to curb people found
in possession of wildlife products.
Investigations indicate that Olinga attempted to arrest Opiyo who was driving a
Canter lorry number UAU 932G at Apaa market on allegations that he was carrying
five bags of charcoal in his motor vehicle.
Olugu’s investigations indicate that the deceased first threatened to knock the
checkpoint if soldiers did not allow him to proceed since he believed he had
not committed any crime. Opiyo insisted that he did not have any wildlife
“The driver reversed for approximately 100 meters and sped over the logs used
to block the road thus prompting Okello to shoot at the left rear tyres. Oloya
who was 15 metres ahead of the checkpoint also turned on the right-hand side of
the driver and shot two bullets on the front tyres and deflated them,”
investigations report reads in part.
CID indicates that Opiyo moved out of the vehicle but Oloya moved closer and
shot the deceased at his back thus killing him instantly.
Charles Twine, who is also the CID spokesperson, confirmed trio’s
arrest. Twine added that the suspects will be charged in General Court Martial
as advised by Directorate of Public Prosecution.
“As CID we did our investigations expeditiously but given to the nature of the
crime and background of the suspects, the DPP advised us to hand over the
suspects to Army and they will be charged at the place where they committed the
crime in the presence of the community,” ASP Twine said.
Capt Olinga, Okello and Oloya are currently detained at UPDF’s Fourth Division
in Gulu District. Post-mortem report indicates that Opiyo was shot as he was
fleeing from the soldiers. A bullet according to investigators was shot at his
back and exited through his chest.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.