By Ivan Mwine
A senior officer of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) identified as Lt. Col. Charles Omara Abeni collapsed and died under suspicious circumstances on Sunday as he bathed.
Sources privy to the matter reveal that Lt. Col. Omara, who was attached to the Magamaga Service Brigade, reportedly collapsed while bathing at his home at Akia Cell, Lira City East Division, Lira City, on Sunday, and died shortly thereafter.
According to both the police and the army who are jointly investigating the matter; “The serviceman was pronounced dead while at Lira Regional Referral Hospital where he had been rushed for medication,”
Amos Nsamba Magango, the UPDF 5th Division spokesperson, confirmed Abeni’s death and said the unfortunate incident occurred on Sunday night at around 10:10Pm.
Nsamba said that; “Medical reports will provide more information about the cause of death of our gallant senior officer.”
The North Kyoga regional police spokesperson said Jimmy Patrick Okema said investigations into the unfortunate death have commenced to establish the exact cause of Omara’s death.
“A clear report regarding his death will come out upon completion of postmortem,” Okema noted, before dismissing allegations that has been circulating on social media and on local radio stations to the effect that Abeni had been shot dead.