Soldier Held for Shooting Civilian

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The Soldier reportedly abandoned his gun at the crime scene and too off to Kanungu district.

UPDF are holding one of their own accused of shooting dead a civilian in Kisoro district over the weekend. Private Nicholas Musiime is wanted connection with the murder of Nicholas Twebaze in Nkuringo near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Musiime is said to have shot his victim to death at a local eating joint on Saturday night following a misunderstanding and fled into hiding. The soldier abandoned his gun at the crime scene. 2nd Lt Amos Nsamba, the Kigezi regional UPDF spokesperson says the suspect was picked up from hiding in Mburamazi in Kanungu district.

He explains that they acted on a tip off from residents. Musiime is one of the 200 soldiers attached to Uganda Wildlife Authority deployed in different parts of the country. According to Nsamba, Musiime is to be transferred to Mbarara district from where he will face the court martial.

He says it is unfortunate that, the soldier who is tasked with protecting the lives of citizens instead turned his gun against an innocent civilian. Nsamba has appealed for calm amongst the relatives of the deceased saying UPDF will ensure the law takes its course.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.