Ugandan soldier shoots Congolese national in Kasese over illegal entry
A Congolese national was shot and injured by a Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) soldier in Kisolholho Village, Karambi Sub County in Kasese District on Monday.
The incident occurred when the victim crossed into Uganda through a porous border point, sparking a confrontation with the soldier who was on patrol duty.
UPDF Soldier Opens Fire on Congolese National
The victim, identified as Muhindo Muhindo, a resident of Kyondo Village in Beni Territory, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was allegedly shot in the chest by the UPDF soldier from the 5th Battalion Rusese. The soldier claimed that he fired in self-defense after the victim attempted to attack him with a machete.
The victim was rushed to Bwera Hospital for treatment, where he is said to be in stable condition. He denied attacking the soldier and said that he crossed into Uganda to buy food and other items, as he often does.
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UPDF Soldier Under Investigation
The UPDF soldier, whose name has not been disclosed, is under investigation by the military police and the district security committee. He is being held at the 5th Battalion Rusese barracks pending further inquiries.
The UPDF spokesperson for Rwenzori West Region, Lt. Col. Ronald Kakurungu, confirmed the incident and said that the soldier acted within the rules of engagement. He said that the soldier fired warning shots before shooting at the victim, who ignored the orders to stop and identify himself.
Kakurungu also said that the UPDF has intensified patrols along the border to prevent illegal entry and smuggling of goods and people. He urged the residents of both countries to respect the border regulations and avoid unnecessary confrontations with security personnel.
Border Tensions Between Uganda and DRC
The incident highlights the tense relations between Uganda and DRC over the border issue. The two countries share a long and porous border that is often disputed and poorly demarcated. The border area has also been plagued by insecurity and violence, as various armed groups operate in the region.
In recent years, there have been several clashes between UPDF soldiers and Congolese forces over border disputes and allegations of incursions and violations of sovereignty. There have also been reports of human rights abuses, harassment and extortion of civilians by both sides.
The two countries have tried to resolve their differences through diplomatic channels and joint mechanisms, such as the Joint Permanent Commission and the Joint Border Verification Mechanism. However, these efforts have not yielded significant results, as border incidents continue to occur from time to time.
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