Police Shoot Dead UPDF Soldier

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Bright met his death on Sunday evening at Maliba Trading Centre in Maliba Sub county Kasese district. The 35-year old Bright only returned to the country a few months back after serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM.

Unidentified Police officer attached to the Field Force Unit at Hima Police Station has shot dead a Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF soldier. The deceased has been identified as Lance Corporal Johnson Bright, a soldier attached to the 11th UPDF battalion Battalion.
 
Bright met his death on Sunday evening at Maliba Trading Centre in Maliba Sub county Kasese district. The 35-year old Bright only returned to the country a few months back after serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM.
 
Captain Stephen Tumwesigye, the spokesperson 11th UPDF battalion has confirmed the incident, saying investigations are ongoing.
 
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The deceased brother, Nicholas Baguma, says they were together when a team of police officers clad in the Field Force Unit uniforms surrounded them at a drinking joint.
 

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Emmanuel Kithambalha, a resident of Kachindo Village in Maliba, says after the shooting they reported the incident to police, which took responsibility.

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Bright is the second person to be killed by a security operative in Kasese district in a space of less than three days. On Friday, a UPDF soldier shot dead a 16-year-old boy at Rukoki in Nyamwamba Division.

 

About the author

Kule Jerome Bitswande
Jerome Kule Bitswande is the URN pioneer Bureau Chief-Kasese.

He's passionate to write about public policy, culture and politics.

Before joining URN in April 2018, Jerome had written for Radio One and Two, The Observer and New Vision.

Jerome strongly believes that it is only the common man that has the untold story. And it is that untold story whose narration he wants to be party to.

The two-time Award Winner with Media Challenge Initiative also believes the Kasese and entire Rwenzururu story is yet to be told; it's against that background that when URN assigned him to his cradle, he did not give it a second thought.

Todate, he's fondly called the Rwenzururu Royal Guard by peers and workmates.