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UPDF soldier steals Shs 400,000 from mobile money agent

A soldier attached to the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) is on the run after making off with Shs 400,000 from a mobile money agent in Bombo town council. The soldier, identified as corporal Tom Bingi is attached to Bombo military barracks in Luweero district.

Lt Colonel Deo Akiiki, the UPDF deputy spokesperson explains that Bingi escaped last evening after putting a one Hamza Jaffar, a mobile money agent at gunpoint before running away with all the money he had in his possession.
Akiiki explains that the soldier later fired several gunshots in the air to scare the public and later escaped with the gun and the stolen money. He says the search for the errant soldier is on.

Osman Kassim Ramathan, the LC III chairperson of Bombo says that residents attempted to chase the soldier up to Ndejje trading centre but they couldn't apprehend him because he was armed.

It's also reported that the UPDF is searching for another soldier who went missing with a gun last month from the Bombo military barracks. In 2013, private Patrick Okot Odoch, another soldier attached to Bombo military barracks escaped with a gun and shot ten people including his own colleagues in a local bar.

Okot Odoch was arrested and sentenced to 90 years in jail after found guilty of murder and attempted murder charges. During the same year, another soldier private Simon Peter Otenyan attached to the same barracks also shot two colleagues dead.