Fort Portal-Authorities in Fort Portal in western Uganda are investigating circumstances under which a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier shot and killed two of his colleagues.
The suspect, Cpl Avugo Lomuro, a member of the Airforce Evacuation Component attached to the Mountain Division Signal Department, is said to be on the run after the Thursday night shooting.
A female soldier reportedly sustained injuries during the altercation.
The UPDF deputy Spokesperson, Col Deo Akiiki, condemned the shooting and said efforts are underway to track and arrest Cpl Lomuro.
“We received an incident report regarding Corporal Avugo Lomuro of the Mountain Division Signal Department, who is attached to the Airforce Evacuation Component. Tragically, he shot and killed two colleagues and caused injuries to another, whose name is being withheld in accordance with UPDF reporting policies,” Col Akiiki told this reporter on Friday morning before vowing that “he (suspect) will definitely be brought to book to answer for his crimes.”
Residents neighboring the barracks said they were panic-struck following several gunshots moments after President Museveni had addressed the nation about the security of the country.
“I had not yet slept by the time I heard the gunshots, together with my family members. We were scared thinking that ADF rebels had attacked the barracks. However, in the morning we were told that soldiers inside the barracks were fighting,” said Mr James Tusiime, a resident of Katojo where the barracks s found.
The barracks has for long been regarded as a vital military installation and a cornerstone of the UPDF’s operations in the region as it is currently in joint operation of hunting for the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the eastern DR Congo.