President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed an independent investigation into a tragic incident involving Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers affiliated with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) enforcement team. The event, which unfolded in Madi Okollo district, resulted in the death of one individual and left four others injured.
Last week, URA enforcement officers, engaged in impounding unregistered motorcycles in Okollo Town Council, reportedly resorted to firing shots when residents threw stones in an attempt to halt the operation. Moses Atria, a resident of Pamachi village, succumbed to a gunshot wound at Nebbi General Hospital, while Patience Atizuyo, Derick Opari, and Jovan sustained injuries during the incident.
Concerns raised by leaders in the West Nile sub-region regarding the perceived excessive and lethal use of force by URA enforcement teams on unarmed civilians prompted President Museveni’s decision. The President appointed Susan Kasingye, the Commissioner of Police, to conduct an independent investigation into the matter. Notably, this special inquiry, initiated by the President, does not interfere with the ongoing probes by the police and other agencies.
Joanne Aniku, the Madi Okollo district Woman Member of Parliament and Vice Chairperson of the West Nile parliamentary caucus, disclosed Museveni’s directive and emphasized that the independent investigation aims to provide additional scrutiny to the incident.
Swaib Toko, the Madi Okollo Resident District Commissioner, appealed for residents’ cooperation, particularly those in Okollo Town Council, urging calm during the investigation process. The objective is to foster a comprehensive understanding of the situation and work towards a lasting resolution to conflicts between URA enforcement officers and the local community.