At least 17 suspects reportedly exploited yesterday’s chaos during
the bomb explosion at Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) to escape from
Two police sources told Uganda Radio Network that nine of the
suspects had been brought in the previous night and their details were being
entered when the explosion went off.
“These suspects had been arrested the previous day and their statements were
being recorded. But when the bomb went off, some of them mysteriously escaped
because there was a lot of confusion,” a police source said.
The bomb blast that was detonated by Mansoor Uthman as identified by security
agencies left 23 police officers injured. Most of the injured police officers
were at the quarter guard, others were in the CPS compound whiles others were
at the reception.
It is reported that other escapees had been removed from cells being prepared
to appear in court but when the shrapnel of the blast sent everyone into shock,
some of the suspects fled.
“We were all focused on saving our lives. There was an ongoing meeting with
some commanders on the second floor. But when the bomb went off, everyone found
his or her way of surviving. Even when the fragments had settled, we were
focused on vacating the building. That is how some of these suspects escaped,”
a police source explained.
However, Uganda Radio Network (URN) could not establish the names of the
escapees since all policemen who were at the reception were among those injured
and rushed to Mulago hospital. It is not clear whether the suspects escaped for
purposes of leaving jail or fled for their lives after hearing the explosion.
Efforts to seek confirmation on suspects’ escape were futile as Deputy Kampala
Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said he did not have any
idea about the alleged escape of suspects. Police sources said they were not
sure whether the suspects escaped with injuries since the window glasses of the
CPS main block were smashed by the shrapnel.
Meanwhile, Owoyesigyire says that all people seeking services at CPS should
utilize police pots like Mini Price, Nakivubo, Kisekka and Kampala road for the
meantime since the main station is still a scene of the crime.
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But it is not yet clear what relatives of suspects who remained in
cells have to do to access them since military and police officers are not
allowing any civilians to walk past Mabirizi Complex, Hotel Triangle or Gender
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.