5 January 2014

Uganda: Three Killed As Gunfire Rocks Tororo Village

Two constables are under arrest in Tororo, following a shooting incident in Nimemba village in Nabuyoga sub-county.

The shooting incident left a suspected mobile phone thief, the area defence secretary and a constable dead. According to the deputy regional police commander for Malaba region, Samuel Musisi, the police led by Nabuyoga police station officer, Stephen Osilo, raided the home of Tobiaz Oyuki, 35, who was suspected of stealing a mobile phone.

When Oyuki resisted arrest, area LC1 Defence Secretary Owino Odaka, 38, volunteered persuade the suspect to come out of his house. Odaka's pleas fell on deaf ears, and a desperate Oyuki decided to rush out of the house to confront the police with a panga. Oyuki came out of the house pursued by Odaka.

Taken aback by the sudden turn of events, the police opened fire and shot both Oyuki and Odaka dead. According to one of the residents, Grace Nyaketcho, Odaka's death enraged the crowd that had gathered, and they pounced on the police constables, disarming one of them, Francis Egalu, who was beaten to death as his colleagues ran for their dear life.

However, another eyewitness, Samuel Oburu, says Osilo simply ordered his men to fire into the house, even as Odaka continued to plead with Oyuki.

"Let them speak the truth and show us the panga that they claim Oyuki was carrying, it is true Oyuki could have stolen the phone but the decision of opening fire cannot be equating to a mere mobile phone," said an angry Oburu.

The bodies were taken to Tororo hospital for post-mortem examination. Musisi said the police later recovered Egalu's gun but the magazine containing bullets was still missing by Saturday evening. Osilo and another constable Boaz Obbosa were in police custody over the shooting.

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