28 March 2019

Uganda: Police 'Regrets' Killing Wrongly Suspected Assassin

Police has apologised and regretted the gunning down of a wrongly suspected assassin Ronald Ssebulime moments after he was captured alive.

Ssebulime was shot dead on Sunday along the Kayunga-Mukono road near Ggavu by a police officer who falsified the narrative to justify the shooting.

In a statement issued by police spokesperson Fred Enanga, police admits that Ssebulime was wrongly suspected of trailing and attempting to assassinate state minister for ICT Idah Nantaba.

Enanga says as a result, three police officers who were aboard a police patrol truck, registration number UP5745 during the incident have been arrested.

Enanga says Nantaba and her bodyguard twice chased after Ssebulime and his riding colleague in vain. And when the suspects got intercepted by a police patrol car following an emergency call from Nagalama police station, "it is true that the deceased was removed from the police pickup and instantly shot dead by our officer."

Enanga says the arrested officers deliberately "concealed the true facts of the events surrounding the killing" of Ssebulime.

Ssebulime's family insists that he was on his way to visit a boarding student at St Andrews Kaggwa school. Enanga said indeed exhibits found in Ssebulime's bag were containing mostly of eats and drinks meant for school children.

Nantaba insists that Ssebulime is not as innocent as has been portrayed by the media. She said, she, more than anybody else wanted Ssebulime alive so he could answer the many questions regarding the other previous assassinations of prominent Ugandans and officials.

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