By Innocent Atuganyira
A journalist in Masindi yesterday narrowly escaped death after a UPDF soldier directly shot at his motorcycle.
The unidentified soldier shot bullets at Steven Wandera the President Greater-Masindi Media Practitioner’s Association – GMEPA also attached to Radio Kitara on Thursday afternoon.
Wandera who was traveling to Bujenje Constituency for coverage at the burial of the fallen Rev. Samuel Kwesiga of Masindi Kitara Diocese explained that he met the soldier at at Katesenywa trading centre along Masindi – Hoima road which is under construction.
He narrated that the flag lady didn’t raise the flag, but as after reaching the ‘don’t cross’ line, the UPDF soldier who didn’t have a name tag asked him who he was; he tried to explain to him for over 10 minutes.
Wandera told www.mknewslink.com reporter that in the middle of the scuffle, the officer pointed a gun at him, and shot two bullets into his two tyres.
“I was detained for close to four hours, my gadgets confiscated, we however solved the matter but I wasn’t compensated. I’m yet to consult and I will file a case at Masindi CPS,” He noted.
Wandera has appealed to the commanders to train their uniform men on how to use guns, and also to have tag names. “They shouldn’t take us for granted because there was no need for the UPDF officer to shoot bullets.” He noted
Cap. Steven Tumwesigye the Albertine Region UPDF spokesperson when contacted by our reporter said he had already intervened into the matter, but declined to comment on the issue.