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UPDF Soldier Arrested For Shooting Colleague Dead

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“It is alleged that two soldiers were deployed to guard a structure in Nalukolongo. This morning 2/9/19 at around 04:36am, Private Okia reported at Nateete police station that unknown man attacked his colleague, disarmed him and shot him dead from the compound. Okia says he came out of his room and shot the assailant dead,” Owoyesigyire said.
ASP Luke Owoyesigyire

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Nateete Police are holding a Uganda People’s Defense Force–UPDF soldier suspected of shooting his colleague and a civilian to death. 

The Soldier identified as Peter Okia was arrested after filing a report that his colleague Leonard Chebet had been killed by an unknown civilian whom he also shot dead.  

Private Okia reported that an unknown man had attacked his colleague at around 04:36 am, today, disarmed him and shot him dead from the compound of an installation that they were deployed to guard in Nalukolongo, a suburb of Kampala.

He said that when he came out of his room, he also picked a gun and shot the assailant.   But the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire says that a team of Homicide and Scene of Crime Officers reconstructed the scene of the shooting in Nalukolongo and established that the bodies had stayed for more than a day. 

“However while at the scene we realized that bodies had taken some time and when we re-interrogated Okia he changed his statement and told us that the incident happened on Saturday.  The bodies were taken to Mulago city mortuary,” Owoyesigire said.

He says Okia was immediately apprehended and locked up at Nateete Police Station as the officer’s probe circumstances surrounding Chebet’s death and that of the civilian. 

Police recovered Chebet’s gun from the scene and disarmed Okia since the murder scenes didn’t look fresh as it normally appears in homicide cases. Police also recovered several spent cartridges that will be used to establish, which of the two guns recovered at the scene was used in the shooting.  

Police said the soldiers in question were illegally deployed by an unidentified officer at the rank of Major.  Details about him are still scanty.

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