UPDF Kills One at Karuma Dam Top story

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Charles Okello, an eye witness and causal worker at the dam, says the scuffle started during the search of some casual workers suspected of stealing scrap.

Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF has shot dead one person at Karuma power Dam construction site. The deceased has been identified as Ronald Kizito, the security inspector of Karuma power Dam.
 
 
Kizito met his death at around 1pm on Monday afternoon during a scuffle between the causal laborers and the army. Charles Okello, an eye witness and causal worker at the dam, says the scuffle started during the search of some casual workers suspected of stealing scrap.

 
He however, says the suspects ran into a crowd of other casual workers at the main gate who were being screened as they were reporting for duty. According to Okello, this prompted the soldiers to fire in the air to disperse them and hit the deceased killing him instantly.

 
Julius Hakizza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson has confirmed the incident, saying they have commenced investigations.

 
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The Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Kalemire confirmed the incident in a media posted on the UPDF Facebook page. 

He explained that Kizito was hit by a stray bullet when UPDF soldiers opened fire in an attempt to apprehend the suspects who were attempting to sneak out with unauthorized construction materials.
 
 
He says 20 workers have been arrested in connection to the chaos and locked up at Kiryandogo Police Station to help with police investigations.  


"The UPDF commiserates with the family of the deceased and has commenced investigations into this unfortunate incident," reads Kalemire's statement on social media.
 

 

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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.