“Someone shot a traffic officer on Kira road following a minor accident this morning (Sunday). What awaits such a rash, negligent and intentional crime”. Kasingye tweeted early before it was later confirmed that a UPDF officer was behind the shooting.
The four are said to have died in the fire that caught one of the pupils’ dormitories at around 3am this morning. The victims have been identified as Tena Denge, Bashira Nabawesi, Julian Nakalanzi, all in primary one and 7-year-old Hasina Nakawuki, a primary two pupil.
Uganda has been under nighttime curfew for almost two years, as one of the measures undertaken by the government to control the spread of COVID-19. The curfew runs from 6 pm for motorcycles and from 7 pm for the rest of the public, including, among others, pedestrians and motor vehicles.
“What I know is that he was arrested based on intelligence and he was detained at Mbuya for some days but later transferred to SIU. The boys he was arrested with were released on bond after they proved that they were not aware of his alleged crimes,” a source said.
Henley Magola, a resident of the Kiganda zone listed some of the victims of assault as David George Macha, Opalas Sevelius, and Josh Okunyu. The four are nursing injuries they sustained after being assaulted by a group of nine men for allegedly declining to pay them for violating the nighttime curfew.
According to police, the guards had plucked out the fingernails of victims with pliers. One of them lost an eardrum according to the police surgeon’s report. Twine says they have commenced inquiries vide SD 49/06/2022.
Without mentioning the exact date, the Traffic Police Spokesperson, Faridah Nampiima told journalists on Monday they will soon start checking drivers and their conductors for COVID-19 vaccination cards.
According to Enanga, the suspects were picked up from Ntoroko and Kyenjojo districts following heightened security surveillance. He explains that Joint anti-terrorism forces heightened their vigilance since the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) launched an offensive against ADF rebels in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).]
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says that by Sunday they have netted 38 suspects in addition to another 40 arrested midweek. He says that they have so far screened 60 suspects, who were found with a violent criminal background.
One of the activists Annette Nnana Namatta alias Nalongo was arrested immediately and whisked off to Jinja Road Police Station. The other activists were turned away along Naguru-Katalima road before reaching the offices.
City Lawyer Geoffrey Turyamusiima, who has been following up on the arrest, detention and trial of ADF linked suspects, said he is aware that more than 40 people are being detained without trial. Turyamusiima said some of the people still being held are relatives of suspects who have already been charged in courts.
Charles Twine, the CID Spokesperson, said over the years they have noticed that many cases whose evidence was fully gathered even before they went to court have not been heard to conclusion and keep piling.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson identified the deceased as Lydia Wanyuki a maid in Munyonyo who was killed by Patrice Ochen in one of estates in Lubowa, in Makindye-Ssabagabo, in Wakiso District.