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UPDF Soldier Shoots Woman Dead In Kagadi District :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UPDF Soldier Shoots Woman Dead In Kagadi District

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson has confirmed the incident saying the hunt for the soldier is on. Hakiza says once arrested, the soldier will be charged with murder and attempted murder respectively.
UPDF officers during Parade. A UPDF soldier in Kagadi is being hunted for shootig a waman dead.

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Police in the Albertine are hunting for a Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF soldier for allegedly shooting a woman dead and injuring another person critically.  

The UPDF soldier whose particulars have been concealed for fear of jeopardizing investigations committed the offense on Thursday afternoon at Kamina landing site in Ndaiga sub county in the Kagadi district.  He is attached to Kamina Army detach. 

The deceased has been identified as Rebecca Masika, 25, a resident of Kamina landing site, while the injured person has been identified as Ivan Tugume, a resident of the same area.

It is alleged that Police backed by the UPDF soldier on Thursday went to arrest Darlington Nsamba from Kamina landing site. Nsamba is being accused of malicious damage to property. 

After arresting Nsamba, area residents protested about his arrest causing commotion that prompted the UPDF officer to fire several bullets in the air to disperse the rowdy residents. In the proces sof firing bullets, a stray bullet hit Masika in the stomach killing her instantly.  Another stray bullet hit Tugume on the left hand critically injuring him.

Tugume was rushed to Kitebere health center III for treatment while the body of Masika was picked and handed over to the relatives after postmortem had been conducted. 

Benson Okumu, a resident says the UPDF soldier became too hostile after residents protested the arrest of Nsamba and fired several bullets. He questioned why Police involved the soldier to go and effect arrest of the suspect.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson has confirmed the incident saying the hunt for the soldier is on. Hakiza says once arrested, the soldier will be charged with murder and attempted murder respectively. 

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He has however cautioned members of the public to stop attacking officers while executing their lawful duties.

In December 2020, police in Hoima arrested a Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF Soldier for shooting dead a civilian. 

The UPDF soldier was then identified as Solomon Baker Bakabe who had been deployed to guard the camp site for China Railway Number 5 construction company in Mparo cell Hoima East division along the Hoima-Masindi Road.

It is alleged that Bakabe while in a bar picked a quarrel with Davis Bakanoba, 25, over yet unknown reason and in the process, Bakabe rushed to the campsite and picked a gun that he later used to shoot at Bakanoba. He shot him in the head killing him instantly. The incident occurred in Mparo cell Hoima East division Hoima city.

Police reportedly rushed to the crime scene  and managed to arrest Bakabe who was also found drunk.  

Police also confiscated his gun registration number UG48013107 with 115 rounds of ammunition.  

After his arrest, he was immediately whisked  and detained at Hoima Central Police station.

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