Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) Soldiers have shoot dead a local Councillor V who doubles as People Power coordinator for Lyabana sub county in Buvuma district an island found on Lake Victoria. The deceased is Ssalongo Lukoma Stephen who was a resident of Lukoma in Lyabana.
Reliable sources indicate that the UPDF officer from Lubya Barracks commanded by Capt. Serukera tried to stop fishermen on the waters of Lake Victoria who refused to stop to be arrested. A UPDF Soldier then tried to shot at them and accidentally shot Ssalongo Stephen to death.
However some residents opposed this hypothesis arguing that these officers are on orders of Politicians who are using them to fight political battles and business wars.
Ssalongo Stephen is the 12th person to be killed in Buvuma district by UPDF Soldiers on the duty of fighting illegal finishing on Lake Victoria in Buvuma in a period of two years.
The deceased has been a popular local leader who embraced People Power and has been the coordinator of Lyabana Sub County also a supporter of People Power MP aspirant of Buvuma, the Democratic Party (DP) National Deputy Youth Leader Ssembajjwe Paul.
Capt. Alituha has confirmed the death of Ssalongo Stephen. He has told info256 that they are waiting for investigations as the body is to be taken to hospital for postmortem report as the family starts burial arrangements.
Just a few days ago, people power coordinator and Gulu based artist Lucky Bosmick Otim was injured following a scuffle with police.
Amotar People Power coordinator Btek was also also a few weeks ago shot and injured on order of RDC.
The incident has created fear within people power camp with many people fearing the increasing brutality being meted on oppositions.