UPDF Officer Implicated In Ntoroko Shooting Dies

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In short
Lt. Col Richard Muhangi, the commander of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces--UPDF 3rd Mountain Battalion who was arrested in connection to the death of two people in Ntoroko district, has died. Major Peter Mugisa, the Second Division UPDF Spokesperson attributed the death of Muhangi to over bleeding

Lt. Col Richard Muhangi, the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Mountain Battalion under 2nd Division in Western Uganda, is dead.

Muhangi, 47, died last night at Bombo Military Hospital where he had been admitted for a month as a result of injuries he sustained in the June 23 shooting in Ntoroko district in which two civilians died.

Muhangi and other senior security officers have been under investigation in connection to the shooting.

Major Peter Mugisa, the Second Division UPDF Spokesperson attributed the death of Muhangi to over bleeding. According to Mugisa, the Lt. Col. Muhangi sustained injures on the thigh and hands forcing doctors to amputate his leg.

Following the shooting, Muhangi who hails from Mbarara District was arrested together with the Ntoroko District Police Commander Gerald Atuhairwe and the District Internal Security Officer Brian Babishanga on allegations of killing Erasmus Irumba, a resident of Nyakasenyi village and Richard Siet Kanyoro, a resident of Budiba in Ntoroko district.  

It's alleged that the suspects shot Irumba and Kanyoro at close range using AK47 rifles on allegations that they were selling guns. 

Atuhairwe, Babishanga and three police officers Abdul Kyarimpa, Ivan Bakasaba and Irema Saulo Balimpa are currently on remand at Katojo Prison on charges of murder and three counts of aggravated robbery.


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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.