UPDF Man Survives Lynching for Stealing Cows

By Milton Emmy Akwam

ALEBTONG: A Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) man at the rank of private was on Tuesday morning well thumped by locals after he was netted parading in the market two cows he had allegedly stolen.

Private Odongo Jimmy (service number 202250), smartly dressed in an army attire was confronted and badly beaten by locals of Tekidi village, Akwangkel parish, Aloi Sub-county in Alebtong district who accused him of stealing cattle belonging to one Awiny Solomon.

Morish Odongo, an eye witness says Odongo was later rescued from the hands of the irate mobs by Police patrol team which took him to Alebtong Health Centre IV for medical attention after obtaining severe body injuries.

Bagonza Geoffrey, the Alebtong DPC ‘confirmed’ the incident in a telephone interview with this website on Tuesday afternoon.

“Someone in army uniform was rescued by my men (Police) and now admitted in critical condition at the District Health Centre IV,” he said.

He however added: “I don’t know if really he’s a true UPDF person. Many people have been masquerading and looting from people. Unless I get confirmation from 5th Division Sector Intelligence Officer or spokesperson, I can’t comment much.”

Captain Sam Emuluga, the 5th Division UPDF spokesperson couldn’t confirm if Odongo was a UPDF soldier, adding that if so, he would be disciplined for tarnishing the force’s image.

“Let me verify and get back to you in due course,” Capt. Emuluga says on Tuesday in an interview.

By press time, he had not gotten back to us.

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