Police disarm trigger-happy UPDF soldier after he attempts to shoot traffic officer

Police arrested a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier after he allegedly pulled out his gun and attempted to shoot dead traffic officers on duty in Kampala City.

A scuffle between traffic officers and the soldier

The soldier identified as number RA 080643 WO1 (Warrant Officer Class 1) Herbert Kakama is attached to Chief of Training and Recruitment, Mbuya.

He is being held on attempted murder charges after he was disarmed by the traffic officers before he could cause any fatality or injury with his firearm.

It is alleged that WO1 Kakama parked a Toyota Harrier in the middle of Kibuye Roundabout in Katwe Division, Kampala, then he pulled out his pistol when a traffic officer asked him to move his car, since he was blocking traffic.

An officer from Katwe Police Station said the soldier "insulted the traffic officer that he was stupid when the officer asked the armed soldier" in response to his request that he move his car.

Thereupon, after the traffic officer insisted that he move his vehicle, the soldier allegedly drew his SMG rifle number UG-UPDF 49001495 at him.

The traffic officer managed to disarm after a brief scuffle as other traffic officers joined in to help.

In May, soldiers assaulted traffic officers on duty near Mukwano mall in downtown Kampala after they tried to get the soldiers to follow traffic rules.

In January, this year, soldiers shot traffic police constable, Robert Mukebezi, in the leg and he was later amputated.

The police have not publicly commented on the latest incident involving alleged army impunity, but they say they are investigating and shall soon have a comprehensive report for public consumption soon.

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