Residents Welcome Arrest of Killer Soldier

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In short
It is alleged that on March 9th, Okot who was attached to Bombo Amry barracks stormed Yumbe Boys’ bar and opened fire killing ten people.

Residents and local leaders in Luweero have welcomed the arrest of a UPDF soldier accused of shooting ten people to death in Bombo town council. Private Patrick Okot Odoch was picked up on Tuesday from Oyam district following a joint operation involving the army and police. It is alleged that on March 9th, Okot who was attached to Bombo Amry barracks stormed Yumbe Boys’ bar and opened fire killing ten people. The deceased include Francis Musana, Joel Obote, Onesmus Odule, Osere Isaac and Teddy Namatovu all UPDF soldiers. 

Others are Wilber Odiba and Aseru Amina, the bar owners, Akullu Florence, Akole Sarah and David Komakech. Preliminary investigations show that Okot was targeting Sergeant Onesmus Odule and his wife Florence Akulu, who had reported him at Bombo police station for attempting to defile and assault their 14- year- old daughter Grace Chandiru.  After committing the offense, Okot abandoned his gun and uniform in Nyimbwa Sub County and fled into hiding. As a result, the army and police launched a joint operation to apprehend the suspect and bring him to justice. Godfrey Ninsiima, the Luweero district police commander says that they started trailing Okot using his cell phone leading to his arrest at Abere Trading Centre in Ngai Sub-county in Oyam district. 

Ninsiima told URN on Tuesday evening that they were in the process of transferring the suspect from Oyam to Bombo Military barracks for interrogation and trial in the court martial. Captain Stanley Malisaba, the spokesperson Bombo Military Barracks says that the army intends to convene an open court martial in a playground in Bombo town council to try the soldier for murder. He says despite the fact that the suspected killer has been arrested, the public should remain vigilant about their safety. The news of the arrest of Okot has excited residents and local leaders in Bombo town council. They want the court martial to find Okot guilty for murder and give him a maximum sentence.

Abdul Kasule, the LC V councilor Bombo town council says the arrest of Okot is a big relief to residents who have been under fear of a fresh attack from the soldier. Aisha Ndagire, the Bombo town council LC 3 chairperson says that the arrest of Okot is a sign of commitment by the army to bring the killer to justice. Ndagire says that they are awaiting the trial of the suspect in the open court martil for murder. She asks the army to tighten the rules on discipline within Bombo Military barracks and monitoring of soldiers who are deployed at night to prevent similar incidents in the near future.


About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.