Reports have emerged that the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) soldier who is alleged to have shot dead three people on Monday evening in Vanguard sub ward, Pece Division in Gulu Municipality had a misunderstanding with the deceased family over roaming domestic animals.
Lance Corporal Geoffrey Okello, a resident of the same area shot dead Beatrice Ajok, 52, and her two sons, Owen Norman 20, a senior six student of St. Pope John Paul II SS Nakaseke and Dan Joachim Binyang, 18.
An eight-year-old child, Peace Apwoyorwot, sustained injuries and is admitted at St. May’s Hospital Lacor.
According to the local council 1 chairperson Nyeko Andrew, Okello had misunderstandings with the family of Ajok whom he accused of grazing her goats on his land at the road reserve of John Onide.
It is alleged that the dispute between Okello and Akok had been mediated by the area LCI Chairperson and it was resolved in November 2019.
However, the cold bickering between the two families continued with threats which was reported to police and the UPDF, according to family sources.
Major Caesar Olweny, the 4 Division army spokesperson said Okello is being held at the 4th division barracks to help with the investigations.