IGP OCHOLA ORDERS GRACE AKULLO TO INVESTIGATE NANSANA PATROLLERS OVER SHOOTING OF POLICE OFFICER’S SON
By Mulengera Reporter
Police Chief IGP Martin Okoth Ochola has directed Grace Akullo, the Director of Criminal Investigations to probe the force’s patrollers who were on duty in Nansana Municipality when the shooting of People Power supporter Daniel Kabuye, also son to David Kabuye, attached to Kasubi Police Station, happened.
A resident of Nakulabye, a Kampala suburb near Kasubi where his father works, Kabuye was found dead near Amasitowa stage in Nansana at around 8pm on Tuesday, according to a police statement issued by Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango.
While Police say Kabuye had been killed by yet-to-be-identified assailants near the Nansana branch of Bank of Africa, MP Robert Kyagulanyi of the People Power pressure group alleges the 33-year old had been shot by police which had fired bullets to disperse his supporters.
“Police and [Local Defence Unit] LDU shot at the crowd of people who were waving at me. Dan Kyeyune died on spot; others sustained severe injuries. It is totally dark here,” Kyagulanyi updated his social media fans Tuesday night.
The MP, who has also expressed interest in challenging President Yoweri Museveni in next year’s presidential election, and his supporters were returning from the burial of Ritah Nabukenya, the pressure group’s supporter who had been killed in a road accident in Nakawa Monday morning.
Police accuses Kyagulanyi’s supporters of flouting traffic rules and disobeying its officers.
“The Joint Security Patrol team at Nansana Municipality, in Wakiso district, was confronted by a violent procession that disrupted traffic flow and business around Masitowa area in Nansana for almost two hours. The rowdy crowd was joined by another group from Nansana that disrupted traffic flow along the highway; those armed with sticks started beating bystanders and other road users,” said Onyango.
“Although the police gave several commands to the violent crowd on motorcycles, motor vehicles, and on foot to disperse, they absolutely disregarded our instructions, and aggressively approached the joint team of patrollers, others dangerously pelting stones at them. The team used several crowd dispersal methods that included the use of batons, teargas and bullets.”
Police insist Kabuye’s lifeless body was discovered “in the heat of the moment.”
IGP Ochola has since “reached out to the family and also expressed his heartfelt condolence to his father” and the Police Force will cover all burial expenses, added Onyango.
Meanwhile, the police chief has directed Akullo “to thoroughly investigate the shooting incident.” So far, added Onyango, a task team has already reconstructed the scene and is reviewing, among other things, recordings from the CCTV cameras, 999, dispatch and accounts from witnesses.
He added that operatives have recovered three spent cartridges, a stone, and one left sandal from the scene. These items were found close to Kabuye’s body.
The investigating team also spent the better part of Wednesday interviewing patrollers, and carrying out forensic analyses on their weapons.
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