LDU personnel shoots girl after unsuccessful dating

Seven-year-old Aweko Nimungu displays the bullet wounds she sustained. She is admitted to Anaka Hospital in Nwoya District.

Court in Nwoya has remanded a Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel, Peter Nyakuni for shooting and injuring a seven-year-old girl resident of Kasangali Sub-village in Got Apwoyo Sub-county, Nwoya District.

Nyakuni who is attached to Katinya detach in Got Apwoyo Sub-county reportedly shot and injured Aweko Nimungu after failing to find at her parents’ home a young girl he was unsuccessfully dating at around 3am, according to the minor’s father, Mr Mungu Kizito.

Mr Kizito who was sleeping in another hut said on failing to meet his girlfriend at the homestead on that day September 1, 202, the LDU personnel of registration number AX02351 became furious and turned against the girl’s mother by opening fire against her.

However, the bullets instead hit the minor as she attempted to run out of the hut.

Voice over: Kizito on shooting (English)
Sound bite: Kizito on shooting (Luo)

Upon committing the crime, the LDU personnel who had been deployed to the area to guard a farm of a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier fled the scene and hid until he was arrested on September 5, 2021. Smoke out

Nyakuni was arraigned before the Nwoya Chief Magistrate, Mr Saidi Barigye, who remanded him till September 14, 2021, when he is expected to reappear before court for hearing of his case.

The Kasangali sub-village chief, Mr Moses Omoya, said the little girl is admitted to Anaka Hospital nursing her bullet wounds.

The law

Article 204 of Uganda’s Penal Code Act states that any person who attempts unlawfully to cause the death of another, commits a felony and is liable to life imprisonment.


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