Shock As UPDF Soldier Hangs Self In Lira Town

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Residents of senior quarters near the army barracks in Central Divison Lira municipality are still in shock after they found a UPDF soldier hanging from a mango tree this morning.

Residents of senior quarters near the army barracks in Central Divison Lira municipality are still in shock after they found a UPDF soldier hanging from a mango tree this morning.

Thomas Wafula was found hanging from a tree about 150 metres from the army barracks by residents on their way to work  in Lira town.

Lieutenant Ceaser Olweny, 5th Divison army spokesman, says the deceased soldier was attached to Acholpii 5th Division headqauters. Lt.Olweny says the soldier had come to access his salary from the bank in Lira town.

He described the deceased as a very committed and disciplined soldier who was an escort to a senior commander at the division.
Lt.Olweny says the army is yet to understand why Wafula decided to hang himself.

Joseph Kirabo, Lira district police criminal investigation chief, says they already investigating the cause of the soldier’s death.

This is the second UPDF soldier to be found hanging on a tree in Lira town. Just a year ago a UPDF lieutenant was found hanging from a tree in Kirombe village, Adyel Division Lira town. No report on the cause of death has ever been released to the public.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.