Shooting at Soroti State Lodge Leaves Two Soldiers Dead

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An indiscriminate shooting at the Presidential Lodge in Soroti has left two UPDF soldiers dead.

An indiscriminate shooting at the Presidential Lodge in Soroti has left two UPDF soldiers dead.

Uganda Radio Network has established that the two soldiers were shot dead at about 6pm today after their colleague ran amok and started shooting.

The dead have been identified as Warrant Officer II Tendero Ogwang and an intelligence officer only identified as Kagame at the rank of lance corporal.

The suspected killer has been identified as Rashid Ajiga, who was arrested at the Soroti police barracks shortly after he attempted to flee.

A soldier, who was among those who captured Ajiga but did not want to go on record, says the body of Ogwang was shot several times.

Ogwang hails Magoro Sub County in Katakwi district while Kagame is from Western Uganda.
Ajiga has been taken to Soroti central police station and hundreds of people from Soroti town are gathering at the barracks in shock.

A reliable source within the army barracks says the suspect had asked for a pass leave yesterday to travel home but it was not granted.

An eyewitness says that Ajiga was seen drinking at Pamba ward in Soroti municipality in the early hours of the day before the shooting.

The 3rd Division Commander Brigadier Burundi Nyamunywanisa conformed the incident but said he was in Moroto and trying to get the details.

Brigadier Nyamunywanisa said that the bodies of the dead soldiers are being taken to Mbale  barracks.

The soldiers are part of the Operation Restore Hope, a UPDF campaign launched in June last year to rid Teso sub region of illegal guns and restore security. At least 24 serviceable Short Machine Guns and 769 rounds of ammunition plus 10 bombs and grenades have been recovered from the region since the operation began.

Major Joseph Okoboi, the Operation Restore Hope commanding officer, says Ajiga was drunk at the time of the shooting and that he had a disagreement with his commanders.