SFC soldier shoots self

The lifeless body of a UPDF solider attached to the Special Forces Command (SFC) was on Wednesday morning found lying in a pool of blood at his duty station.

The deceased, Private Allan Matsiko had one bullet wound to the head, believed to have been fired from his gun in the night under unclear circumstances.

Matsiko died instantly while on the quarter guard at Kigungu barracks when he allegedly shot himself in the head. By the time of his demise, the deceased was attached to Platoon 2 and was in charge of night duties at Kigungu barracks.

His lifeless body was discovered with a gun on his chest and a Radio Call on by another soldier, identified as Sgt Bonny Mwiyeretse, attached to section 3 from Nsamizi barracks in Entebbe Municipality. Mwiyeretse brought the matter to his commander who forwarded it to the SFC bosses.

A case of suspected suicide has been reported at Entebbe Police Station, while the deceased’s body has been taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital mortuary.

SFC soldier shoots self

Maj. Jimmy Omara, the SFC spokesperson says they cannot rule out suicide but are still uncertain as to why Matsiko took his life.

“He neither notified anyone nor left a written note. Investigations are ongoing,” Maj. Omara said.

Matsiko’s colleague, Pte. Isaac Onapiti, claims he heard the gunshot inside the now deceased’s tent, but decided to flee, fearing they were under attack.

The death of Matsiko comes three months after another SFC soldier killed his lover in Kiruhura district before pulling the trigger on his head. 

The officer was later identified as Pte. Dickens Nuwamanya, 27, from Ruhengyere Commando Brigade while his girlfriend was identified as Patience Kamarembo.