UPDF Soldier on Trial for Kanungu Shootings

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Major Ronald Kakurungu, the 2nd Division Army spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network that the army decided to hold the trial in Kanungu district where the crime was committed. James Tumuheise, a relative to one of the gunshot victims, says the arrival of the suspect brought him hope that justice will prevail.

The trial of Lance Corporal Moses Katoko Katwesigye for shooting to death 8 people in Kanungu district has kicked off. Katwesigye is appearing before the 2nd Division Court martial chaired by Colonel Godfrey Mujuni at Kihihi Polytechnic Institute grounds in Kihihi town council.

 
 
The suspect arrived at Kihihi Polytechnic Institute grounds from Makenke Military barracks amidst tight security. Katwesigye, who was dressed in full army uniform, appeared calm and relaxed. Relatives of the shooting victims and anxious residents have packed Kihihi Polytechnic Institute grounds to witness the trial.

 
 
According to prosecution, on April 21st 2016, Katwesigye opened fire indiscriminately at Kihihi trading center following a domestic brawl with his wife and killed eight people. The soldier was attached to 307 Infantry Brigade Headquarters at Mburamazi in Kanungu district when he committed the offense.
 
 
The dead include Lance Corporal Byansi Salezio, Private Auma Sarah, Musimenta Miria, Byamukama Medard, Tindiwensi Oliver Tugumisirize, Kyosimire Apofia, Gumoshabe Victory, James Tumuheise and Shafi Ndahikiri, all from Kiruruma Village in Kihihi Town Council.




Major Ronald Kakurungu, the 2nd Division Army spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network that the army decided to hold the trial in Kanungu district where the crime was committed. James Tumuheise, a relative to one of the gunshot victims, says the arrival of the suspect brought him hope that justice will prevail.

 
By the time of filing this story, Colonel Godfrey Mujuni, the 2nd Division Court martial chairman had read four murder counts for the suspect.