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Drunken UPDF officer shoots civilian over Waragi


Drunken UPDF officer shoots civilian over Waragi

The police of Arua district (Vurra) are investigating a drunken UPDF officer who shot and killed a civilian for refusing to buy him Waragi.

The incident happened on Christmas day, 25th December 2022 at around 11:30 am in Bondo Army barracks, Odravu village, Awika Parish, Arivu Sub-county in Arua district.

Josephine Angucia the PRO West Nile identifies the deceased as Shida Philliam a 22year old resident of Etori village, Awika Parish, Arivu Sub-county, Arua district while the killer is CPL Okwi Franco a 50-year-old UPDF officer attached to 409 Brigade, Bondo Military Barracks, Arua district.

According to eyewitnesses, Okwi who was on duty as a quarter guard at the gate saw the deceased passing by and requested to send him for him waragi.

However, the deceased declined because he was rushing to church. This angered Okwi who allegedly chased him before shooting him twice in the thigh.

Shida sustained injuries and was rushed to Kuluva Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A police team Commanded by DPC Arua visited the scene, and examined and documented it before allowing the transfer of the body from Kuluva Hospital to Arua Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for postmortem.

The killer’s SMG rifle and the two cartridges were exhibited by the army who also detained the suspect.

 Angucia says Police recorded statements from eyewitnesses and inquiries continue.

Sarah K. Biryomumaisho is a Multimedia journalist (Broadcast & Writing) with 11 years of experience. She holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute and a Certificate in Media Management from Women in News. She completed a Course in Wikimedia in 2020, making her one of the very few Wikipedia Editors in the country. She also has a certificate in Gender Justice Reporting from The International Women's Media Foundation, IWMF. She has worked with a number of media houses including 6 Radio stations, most recently Galaxy fm 100.2 & Radio 4. She has worked with Andariya Magazine as a writer. Sarah worked as a Digital Communications consultant for the newly revived Uganda Airlines and is also a Digital enthusiast. She owns a Media Organization called TheUgPost that publishes in Uganda and has a global reach. Twitter;

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