Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has extended their apologies to the Uganda Police Force over a scuffle between a soldier and a traffic police officer.
In a video clip making rounds on social media, an armed soldier is filmed dragging a traffic officer by his collar. Media reports said the incident occurred near Mukwano mall in Kampala in following traffic congestion.
A police source said the scuffle ensued after some military officers who were driving in a green vehicle registration number D02DF08P ordered the traffic officer to clear the way for them. The officer, however, told them to be patient, only for one of the military officers to confront him.
During the scuffle, the military police officer is said to have discharged a bullet which damaged a civilian’s car registration number UAR 308L.
Now, Defense Spokesperson, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye describes the incident as being regrettable.
“The incident is regrettable and we extent our regrets to the affected persons, traffic department and Uganda Police in general. Investigations to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident have commencedabd thr findings will guide on our next course of action,” says Kulayigye.
He explains that the actions of the soldier are reprehensible and not representative of UPDF as an institution that is known for its discipline and being a people’s army.
He adds that UPDF remains committed to the rule of law as guided by the Constitution and the UPDF Code of Conduct.