General Court Martial Tries Soldier Over Gulu Shootings

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Lance Corporal, Geoffrey Odaga faces three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and aggravated robbery.

The Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF General Court Martial has started trying a soldier accused of killing three people and injuring another at a Pub in Gulu Town. Lance Corporal, Geoffrey Odaga faces three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and aggravated robbery.
 

He is accused of opening fire at revelers at Smiling Panda 2, a local pub in Key I A village in Kabedo Opong parish in Bar Dege Division on Sunday killing  Sunday Ouma, the proprietor of the pub, Frank Yasin, a resident and Richard Denis Ochen, the former organizing secretary of Democratic Party in Gulu district.

 
One of the revelers, Jimmy Ojok escaped with injuries and is admitted at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital. The court is chaired by Lt. Gen. Andrew Guti, the chairman of the UPDF General Court Martial at Gulu District Council Hall. Residents have jammed the council chambers to witness the trial.
 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.