UPDF Soldier Kills Bouncer in Wakiso Bar Altercation



Tragedy struck the serene ambiance of Serene Woods Bar in Bulindo, Kira Division, Wakiso District, as a shooting incident claimed the life of a security guard identified only as Balaam. The shooter, identified as Corporal Colbert Jawiambe, a soldier attached to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) 1st Infantry Division in Kakiri, is now in police custody, according to Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson.

The incident unfolded in the early hours of March 2, 2024, around 4:00 am, stemming from a dispute over a balance of sh6,000 between Jawiambe and a waiter at the bar, as detailed by Onyango. Armed with an SMG rifle loaded with live ammunition, Jawiambe, who was on duty guarding a nearby construction site, returned to the bar after the altercation.

Upon his return, a confrontation arose between Jawiambe and the bouncer, Balaam, resulting in fatal gunfire. Balaam was critically injured in the exchange and was promptly rushed to Najeera Hospital for urgent medical care. Despite efforts to save his life, he was later transferred to Mulago Hospital, where he tragically succumbed to his injuries.

Jawiambe, after the shooting, fled the scene with the weapon used in the incident. However, he later surrendered himself to the Police along with the firearm, which was found to contain live ammunition. He was subsequently rearrested and is now in custody at Kira Police Station as investigations into the matter continue.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police have dispatched a team of officers to the scene, where they are diligently gathering evidence and conducting inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

At the time of this report, the army had not issued an official statement regarding the incident. This tragic event further underscores the concerning trend of violent crimes in Uganda, as highlighted in the 2023 Annual Crime Report by the Uganda Police Force.

Internal Affairs Minister Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire has acknowledged the involvement of former law enforcement personnel and individuals with knowledge of firearms in orchestrating shootings across the country. He emphasized the urgent need for decisive action to address the underlying factors contributing to such violence, including land disputes, infidelity, mob justice, family conflicts, and business rivalries.

As the investigation progresses, our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Balaam, the security guard who tragically lost his life in the line of duty. The Police continue to urge anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation.

Stay tuned for further updates as the investigation unfolds.

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