Denis Awillo Omara reportedly went on a rampage, shooting dead four people at Ganda in Nansana before he was also put out of action in self-defence.
The police have clarified that the Commander who went berserk, shooting dead four people in Nansana including two civilians and officers was under the influence of alcohol.
On Monday morning, one Local Corporal identified as Denis Awillo Omara reportedly went on a rampage and shot dead four people at Ganda in Nansana before he was also put out of action in self-defence.
The dead included two local defence unit personnel, a civilian, and a police constable.
However, in a statement dated January 11, Patrick Onyango the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson condemned the outrageous act and extended his sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones.
Onyango said that they held immediate investigations and established that the suspect acted under the influence of alcohol.
“Today, we registered unfortunate incident in Ganda Nansana in Wakiso District where five people lost their lives and three were injured in a shooting incident. On the 11/01/2021 at about 0900 hours, police received information of shooting incident at Ganda village Kyebando Parish, Wakiso District.”
“According to available information, L/CPL Denis Omara, an LDU Commander, attached to Ganda detach, who is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol, shot dead four people namely Special Police Constable Isaac Nimulungi, LDUs,” Onyango said adding that he shot dead four people.
“Special Police Constable Isaac Nimulungi, LDUs No. AX301784 Abraham Masereka, No. AX017516 John Wafula and a civilian woman Rita Nabayingo, a resident of Nsumbi village Kyebando parish, Wakiso District.”
Onyango further said that Denis Omara fired 18 bullets which left many other locals also injured but was shot dead by security officers as they tried to bring the situation back to normal.
“Denis Willy Omara was later put out of action. Police Constable David Ochen was injured. Two other civilians yet to be identified were also injured and rushed to unknown clinics. Bodies were taken to Mulago City mortuary for postmortem. The suspect fired 18 bullets,” Onyango added.
This comes at a time when the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) have already issued an apology following the same incident.
“We apologise for whatever happened. We pray for mercy from you. It was not in the plan of the UPDF for such a thing to happen. We don’t train soldiers to kill but rather to protect people and their property,” Maj Gen. Sam Kawagga, the first division commander told locals in Nansana immediately after the gruesome incident.
He promised that more investigations will be done to establish facts about the officer’s motive of a random shooting in Nansana.
“Motive of the shooting is still unknown. Investigations into the incident have commenced ascertaining what prompted the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) to shoot his colleagues. The public shall be given more details about the incident as we ascertain them.”