18 September 2017

Uganda: Police Bosses Arrested Over Kalerwe Shooting

Photo: Joseph Kato/Daily Monitor
Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye addresses journalists at Naguru Police Headquarters in Kampala.

Kampala — Police authorities have arrested two Mutundwe police station commanders over last Saturday's shooting at Kalerwe in which two police officers and a civilian were killed.

Hussein Mubiru and Moses Karungi all Special Police Constables (SPC) attached to Mutundwe police station were killed by thugs moving on motorcycles at Denovo Bread Company.

Police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye, said Mr Samwel Kazibwe (OC) and Mr Patrick Emongi (Duty officer) were arrested on Sunday to explain why the killed officers were the only ones assigned to escort Denovo cashiers whenever they would be collecting money from their outlets.

"We have the bosses of Mutundwe police station and we have instituted an investigation by PSU [Professional Standards Unit] to find out how these officers were deployed on duty and whether operational precaution measures were ensured," Mr Kasingye said.

Kasirye Sengozi, the driver of the car in which Denovo cashiers were travelling was also shot dead.

Police said Ms Nawal Nakatudde and Ms Evaristo Hakiza were still at Mulago hospital nursing wounds sustained during the shooting whereas their fellow victims Winnie Namirembe, Angella Nantongo and one Nakiwala had been discharged.

Police said it had established that Mr Kazibwe and Mr Emongi had been deploying the same officers whenever Denovo Bread Company collected money from their sell outlets.

Mr Kasingye cautioned the public to avoid predictability in their businesses. This, he based on the fact that Denovo cashiers had been moving in the same vehicle [ Toyota Noah] and collecting money from the nine outlets at the same time.

"We urge the public to always avoid predictability. Even in town there are people who know which people take money to banks and time when they do it. You should avoid predictability. Do not use same people, same time, and same vehicles to transport money. At least call the banks to pick it from your place of work," Mr Kasingye said.

Police suspect that the killers, who fled the scene with the victims' guns, could have trailed them as they picked money from the nine outlets. The Kalerwe incident happened hours after thugs raided Mponye police post in Kabalagala Division hacked a police officer who was on duty and stole his gun.

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