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Family of man shot by tax enforcers demands sh15m compensation

URA enforcement officers arresting a numberless motorcycle after the rider fell down in Arua City. FILE PHOTO URN

Arua, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The family of a 23-year-old man who was shot by a Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) enforcement officer in Arua district are demanding Sh15 million in compensation.

Phillian Anguni, a resident of Anzuu village in Vurra sub-county Arua district was shot on the right thigh on September 5 near Opia Health Centre III. The URA enforcement team from Padeya in Zombo district was returning from Arua City.

On reaching Opia they met Anguni who was riding a numberless motorcycle, one of the officers jumped off the vehicle and started chasing Anguni before opening fire. The bullet hit Anguni on the right thigh.

During a dialogue meeting between Aguni’s family, URA and district leaders on Thursday, the victim’s uncle Corporal Sammy Saba a UPDF soldier attached to the 503 brigade in Moyo district demanded sh15 million in compensation. He also wants URA to replace the motorcycle that the victim was riding and pay the medical bills incurred.

The second victim Cosmas Ayikobua who injured his leg as he was fleeing from the speeding URA vehicle is also demanding sh1 million in compensation.

The two are currently receiving treatment at Arua Regional Referral Hospital.

Alex Murungi the URA Regional supervisor for West Nile could not commit to the demands saying he will forward the claims to the Regional manager.

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