An incident where a Ugandan Police officer shot dead his senior colleagues and soldiers in the battlefield left has opened wounds to a long history of military misuse of firearms.
While Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, said only two soldiers perished and investigators are working to establish the motive of the errant soldier, reports have indicated a total of four people died in the fracas
The identities of the deceased have not yet been released.
In recent times, most shootings by soldiers have targeted civilians, with a number attributed to love-gone-bad incidents and property wrangle.
However, in 2016, Sgt Isaac Obua shot dead seven of his colleagues inside Makindye Military Police Barracks in Kampala.
Pte Isaac Newton Okello was in December 2018 convicted for killing a pregnant woman, her husband and son in Alebtong District and sentenced to 80 years imprisonment.
In 2013, Sgt Robert Okiror attached to the 7th battalion in Kisoro District, shot dead his girlfriend and househelp following a domestic brawl. In the same year, Pte Patrick Odoch killed 11 people near Bombo UPDF headquarters over similar reasons. Pte Odoch was later sentenced to a 90-year jail term.
In December, 2012, L/Cpl Herbert Rwakihembo, attached to the Military Police, shot dead his fiancée, Irene Namuyaba and two others at Luzira.