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One Killed, Another Injured as URA Officers Pursued Smugglers in Arua

The two were hit by stray bullets from an enforcement officer who was part of the team that was impounding numberless motorcycles from the homes of some suspected smugglers in Arivu village. At least four motor vehicles were impounded during the operation mounted by a team of five personnel.
Angry Residents carrying the body of Bosco Edema on Astretcher.

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One person has been confirmed dead and another injured as Uganda Revenue Authority enforcement officers pursued smugglers in Arivu trading centre, Arua district. The deceased was identified as Bosco Edema, 21  while the injured was identified as Gertrude Afunia.

The two were hit by stray bullets from an enforcement officer who was part of the team that was impounding numberless motorcycles from the homes of some suspected smugglers in Arivu village. At least four motor vehicles were impounded during the operation mounted by a team of five personnel.

But while approaching their loading point, one of the officers reportedly opened fire and in the process hit Edema, who was walking from a restaurant to his saloon within the same area. William Nguma, one of the eyewitnesses say that Edema died instantly while Afunia was rushed to Kuluva Hospital with an injured arm.

In the aftermath, the enforcement officers immediately threw down one motorcycle and sped off. But residents mobilized and blocked the main road to Nebbi and Arua in pursuit of the URA team before they were met with the heavy deployment of armed personnel.

Felix Edema the LC III chairman of Arivu who was at the scene condemned the incident.

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Arua district chairman Alfred Okuonzi demanded that the officer who shot the two persons should be brought to face justice at the scene of the crime.

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Arua Depoyu Resident District Commissioner Robert Ocen said they will ensure that the officer is brought to book.

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Elly Kayanja, the 409 Brigade Commander said the incident is regrettable and  that they will ensure the officer is arraigned  before the Field Court Martial.

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Arua Woman MP Lillian Obiale said the URA team that deploy the enforcement officers should be held accountable for such excesses.

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After a chaotic struggle with the locals, Edema's body was finally taken for postmodern in Arua Hospital and information was sent to the Brigade Commander indicated that the URA will take all burial expenses.

The shooting comes two weeks after another incident in which one person identified as Philliam Angoni from Nyio village in Vurra, Arua district was shot and injured on the right thigh by URA enforcement officers from Zombo. Angoni is still receiving treatment at Arua Hospital.