According to reports, the URA Enforcement team from Padeya in Zombo was from Arua where they had gone to fuel. However, when they arrived at Opia, they saw Angoni riding a numberless Haogin Motorcycle. One of the officers jumped off the vehicle and started chasing Angoni before he opened fire.
A young man is receiving treatment at Arua Regional
Referral hospital after being shot by an enforcement officer from Uganda
Revenue Authority-URA. The gunshot victim is Philliam Angoni from Nyio
village in Vurra in Arua district. He was shot on Sunday evening near Opia
health center three.
The bullet caught him on the right thigh, went through and
entered the motorcycle tank before Angoni fell off the bike.
According to reports, the URA Enforcement team
from Padeya in Zombo was from Arua where they had gone to fuel.
they arrived at Opia, they saw Angoni riding a numberless Haogin Motorcycle. One
of the officers jumped off the vehicle and started chasing Angoni before he
opened fire. The officer later returned and jumped on the vehicle before they
Speaking to URN in Lugbara from his hospital
bed, Angoni told the URA team in Arua and district officials that he was riding
slowly due to the too much mud and the heavy downpour; he was riding slowly but
saw a UPDF Soldier running towards him, which forced him to branch off.
He says that he immediately heard gunshots and
fell down only to find himself bleeding. “I was left bleeding as the officer
ran back and boarded their vehicle and sped off. I cried for help and neighbours
came to my aid and rushed me to Arua hospital,” said Angoni.
Angoni had secured a number plate for his motorcycle
registration number UFH 107Z, which he was yet to fix. Cosmas Ayikobua, the Arua
district Vice LC 5 chairperson also accuses the same URA enforcement of splashing
on him mud and brushing him off the road. He told URN that he would raise his
complaint with the URA regional team on Tuesday.
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Alfred Okuonzi, the Arua district LC 5
chairperson who led the team to the hospital condemned the incident, adding
that URA has accepted responsibility and will treat the victim as well as
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Major Gerald Ledra, who led the URA team to see
and assess Angoni’s state at the hospital declined to comment on the incident
and referred the media to their general meeting on Tuesday.
Angoni has since
undergone surgery to neutralize the burning effect from the bullet. The URA team from Padeya in Zombo is expected
to attend the meeting on Tuesday.