Army speaks after Busia family rejects dead soldier


Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says UPDF has resolved to carry out a DNA test after a family of a UPDF soldier killed in Somalia refused the body.

The family of Sgt Emmanuel Wanyama, killed with Tuesday Al Shabaab attack on Janaale UPDF base in Southern Somalia says they were given a wrong body.

The body sent to the Busia District based family on Saturday night was that of a short man as opposed to the late who is said to have been tall.

Ankunda says the brother of the late had identified the body as theirs before it was transferred to Busia.

“We think some family members could have been confused by the impact of the bomb on the soldier,” Ankunda noted.

The body has now been taken to Bombo barracks to await a DNA test.

“We will proceed with a DNA test immediately to identify the body of the Busia soldier,” Ankunda added.

Sgt Wanyama was among the 10 soldiers brought home for burial last week including; one lieutenant, five sergeants, two Lance corporals, and two privates.

The bodies were received by Maj Gen Sam Turyagyenda, the Commander Airforce, and the Chief of Staff Land Forces, Brig Leopold Kyanda.

Meanwhile, each family is being given Shs180m as compensation for losing their loved ones.

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