The national army [UPDF] has spoken out on its senior officer arrested for shooting two people dead in Ntoroko district.
Army spokesman, Brig Richard Karemire, in a statement confirmed the detention of Lt Col Richard Muhangi, the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Mountain Battalion under the 2nd Division.
Muhangi is a suspect in the Butungama sub county Ntoroko district shooting.
On the night of Friday 23rd June 2017, two civilians were found shot dead and the senior officer himself injured in the leg and arm.
The deceases are Erasmus Irumba from Nyakasenyi and Kanyoro Siet from Budiba.
“The cause of the scuffle is under investigation but preliminary information point to an operation by the security officers to apprehend would have been illegal arms buyers,” Brig Karemire said.
He said both Gerald Atuhairwe, the Ntoroko district Police Commander and Brian Babishanga, the District Internal Security Officer have been arrested.
“UPDF conveys its sympathies to the families of the deceased.”
According to Uganda Radio Network, Atuhairwe, Babishanga and Muhangi carried out an operation and lay a trap to arrest the buyers.
The officers pretended to be dealers, dressed in plain clothes and used the personal vehicle of Atuhairwe to transport the 10 guns that were supposed to be ‘sold’.
When they reached Butungama, they met Irumba and Kanyoro who were carrying Shillings 20 Million in a polythene bag ready to buy the guns.
As they were still negotiating, a scuffle broke out after the DPC wanted to grab money from the suspects before giving them the guns.
During the scuffle, one of the body guards accidentally shot Lt.Col Muhangi on the leg.
Irumba and Kanyoro were then arrested, put inside the vehicle and taken to Kibuku, where they were shot dead.