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UPDF Captain kills self after shooting colleague in Somalia

A Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) Captain in Somalia has committed suicide after shooting his colleague.

The soldier whose identity hasn’t been established reportedly turned his gun on himself after shooting his colleague for an unknown reason. Ministry of Defence and UPDF spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire confirmed the incident but declined to give details.

"It’s true. Investigations into the incident have started," Brig Karemire said.

This incident comes one month after several other soldiers shot at themselves last month on May 13, 2019. Details of that incident have also remained scanty despite the confirmation by Brig Karemire.  

Incidents of soldiers killing themselves or civilians have become common in the recent past. In 2016, Sgt Isaac Obua shot dead seven of his colleagues at Makindye military barracks before he was gunned down.

In December 2018, the UPDF court martial sentenced Pte Newton Okello to 80 years in jail for shooting dead a pregnant woman, her husband and their son. In 2013, Private Patrick Odoch killed 11 people near Bombo barracks.

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+1 #1 Karemire 2019-06-18 10:19
Well, well, well. Those soldiers who have been revealed to have shot other soldiers are predominantly "O" named.

It could be a coincidence, of course.
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+4 #2 Mumonkey 2019-06-18 10:38
Soldiers have to be screened prior to, while in, on the way out, and several years after discharge.

They live a unique life and see more and experience more than normal person can imagine.
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+3 #3 Concerned Ugandan 2019-06-18 11:13
It appears that the UPDF does not have an elaborate policy on how to handle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among its soldiers.

PTSD is a common disorder that afflicts soldiers in active combat zones. We could very well have many other soldiers who are ticking time-bombs walking among us every day.

This is the reason why it is never a good idea to allow soldiers, especially combat veterans, to conduct civilian policing operations. They are usually conditioned to react to stress in an extremely violent and deadly manner.
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+1 #4 William 2019-06-18 12:27
Clearly post-traumatic stress. Psychiatric or psychosocial support would be desirable. We could do better. Very unfortunate!
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+1 #5 Lakwena 2019-06-18 12:38
The adage "Live by the sword and you will perish by the sword" is not in vane. Since time immemorial, it has been tried and test.

Instead of civilizing its citizens, a country and/or leaders that militarizes its citizens, risks anarchy and bloodshed (homicide).

In other words, Mr. M7should stop militarizing Ugandans/the country. In the armed forces of our soldiers and the police: sons, brothers, husbands, uncles cousins, nephews, etc., are stressed.

because they are just being used to sustain a regime; they are living a life without a future.

Besides, except serving Mr. M7's selfish interest, the UPDF has overstayed its mandate and emergency services in Somalia.
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+1 #6 Lakwena 2019-06-18 15:24
Quoting Concerned Ugandan:
It appears that the UPDF does not have an elaborate policy on how to handle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among its soldiers.

PTSD is a common disorder that afflicts soldiers in active combat zones. We could very well have many other soldiers who are ticking time-bombs walking among us every day.

This is the reason why it is never a good idea to allow soldiers, especially combat veterans, to conduct civilian policing operations. They are usually conditioned to react to stress in an extremely violent and deadly manner.


Concerned Ugandan, in order to avert such tragedies; how many of our psychiatric graduates and/or psychology graduates do the institutions of our armed forces deploy?

In other words, not much. That is how dead wrong e.g. Mr. M7 is, when he bastardizes courses like psychology, religion, sociology, history, philosophy, peace and conflict studies, and even development studies.
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+1 #7 Akot 2019-06-18 19:59
Lakwena, thanks, but,

It's only Ugandans who can & have the power, through UNITY, as to make their stand, espcially as Museveni has no tribal land in the zone & has nothing to lose!

Remember, when Sudanese knew Amin had no chance to stay on, they just packed up & left Uganda in a hurry!

With the nake Akot, the rest of Ugandans brush my words aside, but I still want to know what Ugandans will do when Museveni will be no more?

Museveni won't live forever, right?

What have tribal leaders-elites planned for after Museveni?

And if Museveni's military son takes his place, will he maintain the tribalistic system, continue distributing tax money, buying off our people, as his father & the peace will continue?

Will Ugandans vote again even knowing Museveni is the only winner & why legalise/endorse the demon with parliamentary election?
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0 #8 Akot 2019-06-18 20:11
Lakwena,

How pathetic the Ugandan situation is! Museveni is a god & will live for ever & all look up to him to finally serve them 1 day!

What if Museveni drops dead like Morsi?

But of course god Museveni is not in prison & will live for ever so Ugandans have no reason to worry, especially as they must know the outside world will leave them in peace with the man they can't live without!

T. May who loves her country & people couldn't even finish 5 year term!!!

But Museveni; 1986 to forever!
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0 #9 Lakwena 2019-06-19 08:25
Quoting Akot:
Lakwena,

How pathetic the Ugandan situation is! Museveni is a god & will live for ever & all look up to him to finally serve them 1 day!

What if Museveni drops dead like Morsi?

But of course god Museveni is not in prison & will live for ever so Ugandans have no reason to worry, especially as they must know the outside world will leave them in peace with the man they can't live without!

T. May who loves her country & people couldn't even finish 5 year term!!!

But Museveni; 1986 to forever!


Akot, unlike T May, Mr. M7 hates Uganda and Ugandans, which is why he has not pretended from sabotaging and destroying the country.

Please, one day come home and take a break from the comfort of the French conveniences. Under Mr. M7 to many, even in the military Uganda is hell on earth.

E.g., why would a Captain snap and commit suicide?
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0 #10 Lakwena 2019-06-19 08:40
Akot, Mr. M7 is driving many Ugandans onto the suicide path. In Lamwo e.g., Hillary Onek and the NRM Secretary General are the ones recruiting vigilantes, armed with sticks to defend the border with South Sudan.

If this is not a set up suicide for the people of Lamwo; how on earth can a one-week trained, stick wielding militia face off with battle hardened South Sudanese SPLA.

In other words, a whole UPDF 4th Division in Gulu, is only there to protect Mr. M7 and not the border with South Sudan.
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