UPDF Soldier Shoots Three Dead in Gulu

A Uganda People’s Defense Force-UPDF soldier is on the run after shooting three people dead in Gulu.

The incident happened on Monday evening in Vanguard sub ward, Vanguard Parish, Pece Division in Gulu Municipality.

The dead have been identified as Beatrice Ajok, 52, and her two sons; Owen Norman aged 20 and a Senior Six student of St. Pope John Paul II SS and Dan Joakim Binyang, 18.

An eight-year-old child, Peace Apwoyorwot, who is admitted at St. May’s Hospital Lacor.

Kelly Komakech, Pece Division Chairman has identified the suspect as Corporal Geoffrey Okello, a resident of the same area.

According to eyewitnesses, Okello had misunderstanding with the family of Ajok whom he accused of grazing her goats on his land.

It is alleged that the tension about grazing goat on the said land had been mediated by the area LCI Chairperson and was resolved but the decision did not go on well with Okello. Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson said it’s still too early to establish the motive of the killing.  

Brig. Richard Karemeire, the UPDF Spokesperson, in a statement issued last night said that the suspect is being hunted by police backed by soldiers.  

In 2018 Lance Corporal Geoffrey Odaga shot dead three people at a local bar in Kabedo-Opong trading centre in Bardege Division. He was tracked down, arrested and later court-martialed to 40 years in prison.

Similarly, in 2015, Lance Corporal Kennedy Okumu, 40, attached to the 29th Battalion was sentenced by UPDF 4th Division Court Martial to 45 years in prison for shooting dead a barmaid over 1,000 Shillings.

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