An errant yet to be named UPDF soldier has this Wednesday morning shot and killed a Lay Reader attached to Kogere Church of Uganda in Karusandara in Kasese district. The deceased has been identified as Benon Nsimenta, who is a pronounced member of the Anglican church in the district.
The heinous incident occurred this morning along Kasese-Fort Portal high way where one of the soldiers manning the road block lost his cool and aimed his gun at Nsimenta who was carrying his wife heading to the garden in Karusandara. Sources at the scene reveal that the soldier was angered by the fact that Nsimenta was carrying a passenger on the motorcycle contrary to the president’s directive urging them to carry strictly cargo.
“The soldier also accused him of not wearing a face mask while heading to a public place,” reveals a source to this site. “He just fired shots at the deceased and killed him instantly. The wife to the deceased registered a deadly fall that left her unconscious,” adds the source which spoke on anonymity.
The deceased cleric was reportedly on the verge of being fully ordained to a Reverend Canon in December, 2020 after his completion of the seminary studies last year.
Nsimenta becomes the eighth known person to be shot and killed by law enforcement officers since the start of the presidential directives. The recent death was of a Mukono headteacher, Eric Mutasiga who was also shot and later succumbed to the bullet wounds. Ugandan security forces have been in the spotlight for using excess force while enforcing directives. Several unregistered deaths occur on a daily basis as police, LDU and UPDF shoot people encountered in curfew time.