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Another Traffic Officer Shot At By UPDF Soldier

Another Traffic Officer Shot At By UPDF Soldier

On Monday evening, a scuffle between a UPDF soldier and a traffic officer happened in the city center due to traffic jam.

According to an eyewitness, the incident took place around Mukwano Mall along Kyaggwe road. Military Police officers driving a green vehicle registration number D02DF08P ordered the traffic officer to clear the way for them.

The respondent asked to them to wait for the vehicles to clear out. The UPDF soldier didn’t like this response. He then grabbed the traffic officer by the collar and dragged him for some distance.

Footage from a phone of an unknown person shows the UPDF officer dragging the traffic officer in a manner similar to a goat being taken to graze as his colleague tries to save the situation.

While the scuffle went on, the UPDF officer aimed his gun at the traffic officer and opened fire. He however missed and his bullet lodged into a nearby Toyota Premio registration number UAR 308L that belonged to a civilian.

Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the incident.

“The Millitary Police officers were stuck in traffic jam. One of the crew members got off the car and approached the traffic officer.  He ordered the traffic officer to open the road for them but he told them to be patient since there was alot of traffic Jam . To his surprise, they just grabbed bhim y the collar. A scuffle ensued and the UPDF officer discharged which damaged another car,” Owoyesigyire said.

He noted that higher authorities took up the case. He aslo added that the Military Police commander has since arrested the whole crew on the vehicle.

This isn’t the first incident involving a soldier and traffic officer. In January, a traffic officer lost a leg in surgery after a UPDF officer shot him for impounding his vehicle.

The developments point to a growing level of impunity among army officers. The same goes for many other security personnel  and others in positions of influence in the country.

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