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It is alleged that the two soldiers attached to the marine brigade have been engaged in endless arguments, after Ouma refused to grant Katusiime a pass leave.
A UPDF armored vehicle dispatched at the scene of crime

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A Uganda People’s Defence Soldier-UPDF in Jinja Private Jonan Katusiime has committed suicide after shooting dead his unit commander, Sergent Peter Ouma.

 It is alleged that the two soldiers attached to the marine brigade have been engaged in endless arguments after Ouma refused to grant Katusiime a pass leave. 

Katusiime shot Ouma at around 12:00 noon at the old Jinja bridge and dumped the body in the river. He then disarmed his other four colleagues, forcing them to flee the UPDF camp at the old bridge.

A soldier who preferred anonymity told URN that, Katusiime had already cocked the gun and if they failed to abide by his commands and leave the camp, all of them would be shot dead.

“The whole scenario began at 12:00 noon when all our guns were embedded in the tent, Katusiime cocked his gun and ordered us to leave the camp, an instruction we followed for our safety and that of the entire public,” he says.

The situation remained tense for close to three hours as Katusiime refused to surrender, forcing UPDF and police officers to restrict traffic at the bridge until 3:30 pm, when a UPDF armored vehicle attached to Magamaga military barracks, cordoned off the area. 

On seeing the armored vehicle,  Katusiime shot himself twice in the stomach, dying instantly. 

Katusiime’s body was taken to Jinja regional referral mortuary for postmortem. The police has embarked on searching for Ouma’s body.

The Jinja zone army spokesperson, George Musinguzi says that the police is working together with UPDF to identify the cause of the shooting.

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