Residents of Masindi town are in shock after a senior army officer was shot dead on Thursday night. Erasmus Tinkamanyire was the zonal UPDF pensions officer based in Masindi.
According to Asan Kasingye, Maj. Tinkamanyire was shot by prisons warder, identified as Musa Arumadri at Masindi district headquarters.
Speaking to press at Bwebajja Police command and staff college in Wakiso, Kasingye said Tinkamanyire was shot as he went to the toilets. He said Arumadri was under cover and shot as soon as he saw the officer towards him.
Kasingye said the prisons officer may have mistaken him for the thugs who recently broke into the office of the district RDC and stole computers.
Kasingye said the incident happened on March 30 at about 10:30pm when Tinkamanyire, who wore civilian clothes, went back to his office to pick his laptop.
” Maj Tinkamarire went to the office block that hosts the RDC’s office dressed in civilian clothes at about 10.30pm”.
“Accompanied by his girlfriend, one Rehema Abenanye, he parked a Honda motorcycle registration number DFM 094 in the compound and left it pedaling”, the police said.
He said investigations have started, adding that Arumadri was arrested and warder is being held at Masindi Police station and a post-mortem on Tinkamarire’s body has been conducted at Masindi hospital.
According to eye witnesses, Maj Erasmus Tinkamarire,45, was gunned down near the office of Masindi Resident District Commissioner (RDC), which is located along Butyaba road.
Security officials who identified the deceased said he was a UPDF Zonal pensions officer.
He reportedly went for a short call at a nearby toilet where a prison warder, Musa Arumadri had taken cover.
“A scuffle started and the prison warder shot the Major at close range in the chest and he died instantly” the Albertine regional police spokesperson Mr Julius Hakiza said.
Security operatives from police, army and Prisons rushed to the scene after learning of the incident.
Investigations have commenced and Arumadri who allegedly shot the UPDF officer has been arrested to help police in their investigations, Mr Hakiza said.
Security around the office of the Masindi RDC has been heightened since March 27 when unidentified criminals broke into the office and made off with computers, flash discs and some official documents.
The Masindi District security committee consequently passed a resolution to beef up deployment around the office block which also hosts offices of the District Internal Security officer (DISO), UPDF zonal offices, legal aid clinic and the regional Prisons office.
“Preliminary investigations show that Maj Tinkamarire had come to pick a laptop from his office but first opted to go for a short call from where he was shot,” a detective who is part of the investigating team said.
Mr Hakiza said the warder told the investigators that Maj Tinkamarire was dressed in civilian clothes and did not identify or introduce himself to the security officials deployed to guard the government offices.