Ugandan family says they received wrong UPDF soldier body killed in Somalia

A family of a UPDF soldier killed in Somalia in last week’s al-Shabaab attack claimed that they received wrong body from UPDF.

The family from Busia District said Sgt Emmanuel Wanyama, whose name appears on the list of 10 soldiers killed, was tall but the body given to them last Saturday night was of a short man.

“Wanyama is a giant. He also has a big scar on his hands. He was burnt by porridge when he was still young. But when we opened the casket, we realised the body was very short and there were no body marks Wanyama has,” Mr James Odoki, the uncle of the deceased, said.

The army spokesperson said they would carry out DNA tests to identify the identity of the body.
“The brother of the late had identified the body as theirs before we took it. We think some family members could have been confused by the impact of the bomb on the soldier. We will proceed with a DNA test immediately,” he said.

Mr Odoki said they had to stop gravediggers after the family realised it wasn’t Wanyama’s body. The body was later taken back to Bombo barracks.

“We are confused. We don’t know what to do. The widow and the mother are now travelling with the body to Bombo,” Mr Odoki said.

The family said Wanyama’s mother last talked to him on a Sunday, two days before the attack, and his phone has since been off.

UPDF brought 10 bodies, including one lieutenant, five sergeants, two Lance corporals, and two privates last Thursday.
The bodies were received by Maj Gen Sam Turyagyenda, the Commander Airforce, and the Chief of Staff Land Forces, Brig Leopold Kyanda.

Source: Daily Monitor

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