NRM’s Deputy Secretary General Richard Todwong was airlifted to a Kampala hospital after he shot himself in the leg in an incident at Coo Pelwo Trading Centre in Kiryandongo district.
Todwong was travelling to Gulu when he decided to mediate in an incident in which a kid was knocked by a speeding vehicle. Report say he forgot to lock his pistol’s safety catch which he was wearing on his waist. Todwong is said to have shot in the air to scare away the driver of the speeding vehicle. Eye witnesses say it is while trying to put back his gun in the waist, he accidentally shot himself. NRM Gulu chairman James Ocen dismissed rumours that Todwong had fallen in an ambush. The incident once again raises questions about the policy of gun ownership in the country.