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Juma Seiko shooting victims speak

Musa Zimula Kasirye in hospital

Musa Zimula Kasirye in hospital

Lt Col Juma Seiko shot eight to nine bullets, according to a witness, wounding three people in a road rage on Sunday afternoon – throwing a rather calm day on Mambure road in Kalerwe into total chaos.

The latest is, Musa Zimula Kasirye, the 35-year-old victim, is still holed up on a hospital bed in Mulago with a bullet still stuck in his thigh near the groin area.

Ali Jjuuko, 45, the driver of the Canter lorry, Reg. No. UAF 293T, which allegedly scratched Juma Seiko’s black Toyota Alteza UBD 890H, underwent successful surgery on Monday at Mulago hospital. Two bullets were removed from his right leg.

Interviewed about his ordeal on Monday in Mulago hospital casualty ward, Jjuuko gave a heartrending account of the shooting. He said he ran into Seiko while driving to Bwaise to see the lorry mechanic.

“As I approached Mambule road, I put on the car indicators because I wanted to turn towards Bwaise but all of a sudden a black Toyota Alteza tried to bypass me and it got scratched.”

Jjuuko said he stopped and parked his lorry on the pavement.

“We both stopped our vehicles and a man who was in Seiko’s car got out, came and asked me why I had scratched Afande’s car. I then heard the voice of another man in the car ordering me to step out of my lorry, which I did,” Jjuuko said.

The other man in the car happened to be Juma Seiko and when he pulled down his car window, Jjuuko said, he quickly knelt and begged for forgiveness. He said his remorsefulness didn’t calm down Seiko. Seiko instead got out of the car with a hammer-shaped stick and started hitting Jjuuko on the shoulders, the back and all over his body until he dropped to the ground.

“As he was still beating me, people began to gather around and pleaded with him to stop since I was already on the ground but he didn’t listen. That is when I spotted a pistol around his waist. I was beginning to lose consciousness; so, he left me and turned to smashing my vehicle’s windows,” he said.

Jjuuko said his three-year-old son was in the lorry. When he saw Seiko vandalising his lorry, he said, he gathered some strength and got up to save his son. When Seiko saw him walking towards the lorry, he thought Jjuuko wanted to fight. Seiko, Jjuuko said, pulled out his pistol and pointed it at him.

“When he pointed the gun at my chest, I hugged him so he wouldn’t have space to shoot me but out of fear, I suddenly let him go and he fell down. As I was running, he shot me twice in the leg and I fell to the ground. Hadn’t I hugged him, I think he would have shot me right in the chest,” he said.

Jjuuko added that Seiko fired about eight or nine bullets to disperse the crowd, which was charging towards him. He was only saved by a policeman on a bike who quickly whisked him to Kawempe police station. His driver had earlier sped off towards Gayaza road when he saw the crowd charging forward, leaving the colonel to his own devices.

An unconscious Jjuuko was rushed to Mulago hospital by a police patrol car. When he regained consciousness at Kyebando, he asked for his son and lorry. Both were later brought to the hospital. When they had just arrived at the hospital, police officers took statements from Jjuuko and two other victims.

He said there is a CCTV camera right where the whole incident happened. He said he is surprised that police investigators have not said anything about retrieving the footage.

Jjuuko is worried he may be crippled for good and may not be able to look after his family.

“This is our country and we are all natives. Nobody is above the other. I am now bedridden here and don’t know what my children are going to eat or how they will go to school. We are nearing the election period but look at the people who want us to put them back into office,” Jjuuko added.

Jjuuko’s wife, Sidat Nakitende, who is attending to him at the hospital, said their three-year-old son who witnessed the whole incident is traumatised. He couldn’t stop crying on Sunday because he thought his father had been killed. She said they have not received any help from any government official since her husband was dumped at the hospital on Sunday.

Musa Zimula Kasirye, 35, another victim of Seiko’s shooting rage, said he is a resident of Kazo-Angola and a bicycle rider on Mambure stage. He was shot in the right thigh near the groin area. 

He said he was at the stage when he saw Seiko’s Alteza try to take a sharp turn so close to the Canter lorry and got its door scratched. Seiko parked his car in front of the lorry and his driver got out and went towards the lorry driver, Jjuuko.

“When Jjuuko got out of his lorry, Seiko also came out of his car with a stick and began hitting Jjuuko all over his body before moving on to smash the lorry’s side mirrors. All this happened while Jjuuko was on the ground.”

He said when people gathered and started blaming Seiko for the accident, Jjuuko got energized and asked Seiko why he was smashing his lorry windows and that is when he reached for his gun. Kasirye, however, says that Seiko had two guns, a pistol and an AK47, which was in his car.

“He first removed the AK47, which was in his car but he put it back and got the pistol, which was on him and pointed it at the crowd. He first shot the owner of the Canter lorry and then began shooting into the crowd.”

Kasirye, who was watching the whole incident from the pavement, said the first bullet missed him by a whisker but the second bullet caught him in the right thigh.

He added that when they reached Mulago hospital, policemen from Kabaawo police station took statements from them and promised to send a police doctor to evaluate their situation. They said they haven’t seen any police doctor. On Monday when The Observer spoke to Kasirye, he still had the bullet lodged in his thigh.

Interviewed yesterday, Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan police deputy spokesperson, said Seiko has been charged with unlawful wounding by shooting and not attempted murder as earlier reported. The earlier one, he said, was a holding charge as full investigations were on-going.

“We have gathered evidence from the ground and taken statements from victims and we have just forwarded the file to the director of Public Prosecutions and right now we are still waiting for his action; therefore, I cannot say much,” Owoyesigire told The Observer.

Asked whether they have retrieved footage from the CCTV camera on Mambure road, Owoyesigire said that is not important because they have enough evidence on file.

Seiko speaks

The official word from Seiko is that he shot in self-defence.

“I was heading to Gayaza road when a lorry, which wanted to turn knocked and destroyed my car’s side mirror. I got out of my car expecting him to apologise but he was unapologetic. I told him to pay for the damages because the mirror is worth two million shillings but he rudely replied that he will not pay for anything.”

Seiko said Jjuuko wanted to walk back to his lorry and run away. He said when he tried to stop Jjuuko, he tore his T-shirt, hit him with a rock on the head and also bit his fingers. Seiko couldn’t fathom how a man in his right senses could attack an armed army officer.

“As a way of self-defence, I shot a bullet in the air to scare him away but he instead came towards me and tried to wrestle me to the ground. I used my tactics as an army officer for protection and shot his leg,” Seiko added.

Seiko is not new to shooting incidences because in 2016, two people were shot near his residence on Nakasero hill in Kampala. The victims were Lamex Ogwang and Alfred Sembatya who were boda boda riders. The two were dropping off Solomon Mugabi and David Ssenkubuge who were also injured.

Later, Seiko’s bodyguard who is also an ex-soldier, Alex Cherotich, was arrested and charged in court for murder and attempted murder. Last year in September, he was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in Luzira prison.

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Comments

0 #11 WINNER 2020-02-13 07:07
Wainanchi, let me tell you that we in West Nile know very well who pulled the trigger on Abiriga.

Don’t think our silence to mean we are idiots. You too is part and parcel of this murderous regime. Since Juma Seiko believes in violence and lives the life of violence so he will also go violently.

You better give yourself time and enroll in primary five class before you start talking about your fellow murderers and know that Ugandans are very angry and on the day their anger explodes it will be too late for the likes of you.
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+1 #12 WINNER 2020-02-13 07:34
“Asked whether they have retrieved footage from the CCTV camera on Mambure road, Owoyesigire said that is not important because they have enough evidence on file”.

Look at this idiot of a police spokesman, scientific evidence not necessary my foot???!!! Can he tell the country why the cctvs were purchased and installed in the first place?

Or is this a classic case of the application of the law? Museveni and his people have become a menace to Uganda indeed.

If this was a drunkard going amok with his panga at a drinking joint somewhere in Amuria the police would charge him for attempted murder.
Continuation......
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0 #13 WINNER 2020-02-13 07:36
But because this is a Seiko from the establishment on the streets of Kampala city brandishing two powerful guns and fully drunk with power shoots directly at innocent unarmed hungry natives going about in search of the crumbs of bread to feed their families, the police charge him with a useless “offence” of unlawful shooting with a gun!

See tthe glaring disparities. Police why the broad daylight injustice?
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+1 #14 Concerned Ugandan 2020-02-13 11:19
The plain and simple fact is that if Seiko had not been moving around armed then this whole thing would not have escalated to what it did.

I recall some time back during the Buganda riots of 2009, Felix Kulayigye was confronted by a mob of charged youth. Despite being sorely provoked to the point of being hit with a log and having his vehicle pelted with stones, he did not retrieve the firearm which he had in the vehicle.

He relied instead on self-restraint and managed to get out of a much more charged environment than Seiko's situation without shooting anybody.

Despite his other ideological shortcomings Kulayigye exhibited the restraint expected of a member of the armed forces. There is no justification for a military officer to ever draw a firearm on a civilian!

It is not just indiscipline it is also a mark of cowardice because the officer involved shows that he or she lacks the courage and maturity to solve problems without violence! Shame on Seiko!
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0 #15 Wainanchi 2020-02-13 12:24
@ WINNER-- Welcome to our discussion forum Amigo! I can understand and see that you are a bit trigger happy and seems so a bit unhappy and leaning towards crime and mass murders.

No passaran amigo.No passaran trust me.!! Going back in the history does not help
.When you were born you were naked and when you leave this life you leave naked.

However,the life you live in this mother Earth has to be meaningful that is to accept the rule of majority over minority.

Ugandans are good and happy people and it should stay like that.For others who are conniving in dark to fight, they can try but it will be meaningless.Good people of Uganda will and must prevail.Better be smart and peace loving WINNER .Do not become LOSER!!!
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-1 #16 miki 2020-02-13 17:58
"This is our country and we have the same right to live here as you the armed men of the junta".

Very eloquent words by one of the victims! And these words are not being said by the failed opposition leaders in Uganda who in many cases just seek to replace and be like the members of the junta they seek to replace in power.

They are words and expression of new leadership from the grassroots! This is the realization that for long has been missing among Ugandans. This is where so-called opposition politicians have failed to communicate to both the Uganda populace and the thugs of the ruling junta. Maybe all hope is not yet lost for Uganda.
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-1 #17 Wainanchi 2020-02-14 15:21
@Concerned Ugandan-- I am surprised to hear your explantion.You are referring to a case of another military officer who was surrounded with noisy youth and the officer remained calm!!??

This is no comparison with the case we are talking here involving another officer Ltc Juma Seiko! What is the difference here?? What happened in cases when several NRM dignitaries were targeted and killed?

They didnot expect nothing and were not alerted and as such were killed.Ltc Seiko was fearing for his dear life when he was attacked and beaten!!

Would you take your gun at that point and defend yourself or remain calm and beg assailants not to beat you??Military officers are soldiers and know what to do, otherwise how they could defend the country if they were cowards and do not react?

Do not make me laugh!!If Juma Seiko didnot defend himself he would already been facing his Maker!!
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0 #18 Concerned Ugandan 2020-02-16 10:28
Quoting Wainanchi:
@Concerned Ugandan-- I am surprised to hear your explantion.You are referring to a case of another military officer who was surrounded with noisy youth and the officer remained calm!!...


Your comparisons are as misguided as your reasoning! You take a fully fledged riot whicn warranted heavy security deployment and you compare it with a mere traffic accident!

If the 'noisy youth' you refer to was nowas not an issue then why did we see all the soldiers and tanks on the street that we did?

The problem.woth people like you is that you are so arrogant as to imagine that your brand of truth is what we should all accept! You need to laugh at your own petty reasoning! Seiko is an indisciplined soldier! Pure and simple!
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