Sources privy to the incident disclosed to URN that Otim’s attempt to end his life could be a result of frustration after failing to make it among LDU’s being integrated into the mainstream Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF.
UPDF soldiers holding guns in Kitgum District during an operation recently.
A Local Defence Unit-LDU personnel in Agago District is nursing
critical injuries at Dr Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital Kalongo after shooting
himself in the face in an apparent suicide attempt.
Private Jacob Ayala Otim attached to Labwor-dwong army Barracks in Paimol
Sub-county under fifth Infantry Division reportedly shot himself on Wednesday
afternoon in Kalongo Town Council.
According to security personnel, the soldier who was drunk first fired two
shots in the air before turning the gun on himself. The incident left Otim with a shattered
mouth, nostril, and lower jaw before he was rushed to Dr Ambrosoli for
emergency medical treatment in critical condition.
Otim was reportedly in the company of another soldier from the same unit
en-route to Kalongo Hill Army Detach where they had been newly deployed when the
Sources privy to the incident say that Otim’s attempt to end his life could be
a result of frustration after failing to make it among LDU’s being integrated
into the mainstream Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF. Several LDU
personnel within East Acholi are currently being integrated into the UPDF.
Agago Resident District Commissioner, Andrew Onyuk confirmed receiving reports
of the incident in an interview on Thursday.
He says security will embark on investigating the exact motive behind Otim’s
attempt to end his life adding that preliminary reports indicate he was very
drunk at the time of the incident.
He notes that plans are underway to transfer the victim outside the district
for better medical treatment owing to the nature of injuries he sustained.
The Fifth Infantry Division Commander Brig William Bainomugisha says that the
army will investigate the matter.
Police are still holding on to the Ak-47 riffle registration number 56-15534962
used by Otim at Kalongo Police station pending further investigation.
In June last year, Private Martin Okello 24, an LDU soldier also attached to
Labwor-dwong army detach succumbed to injuries, he sustained after he
reportedly accidentally shot himself in the head.
Bureau Chief, East Acholi