A soldier of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) burnt a Marine boat with his colleagues inside it as he escaped the Katabi-Entebbe marine base.
Pte Boaz Kakwenzire was first arrested on Sunday at the Entebbe International Airport trying to flee the country without authorisation from the army.
The soldier who had no official travel documents was intercepted in a queue ready to board Fly Emirates to Dubai.
He was arrested by plain-clothed security personnel who later handed him over to Katabi marine unit officers.
However, while being transported to the base by boat, Kakwenzire fought his captors and set the boat on fire.
The soldiers managed to dive into the water before they could be burned to death.
UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda says a joint security team has been set up to arrest Kakwenzire who disappeared without a trace.