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43 Apprehended Over Death of Police Constable

Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC confirmed the operation, saying they cant seat back and watch illegal immigrants destabilize peace in the district.

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Forty three people are in custody at Hoima Central Police Station in connection to the  gruesome murder of a police constable. 

The suspects were picked up on Wednesday in a joint security swoop involving Police, the army and sister agencies in Kpele Village  in Kigorobya Sub County .

They are wanted in connection to the killing of Vincent Rutaremwa, a Special Police Constable attached to Hoima Central police station in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. 

Rutaremwa was shot with arrows before he was hacked to pieces by angry residents of Kpele Village in Kyabisgagazi parish in Kigorobya Sub County.

Rutaremwa was part of several other officers including police and soldiers who had gone to Kpele Village to hunt down illegal immigrants. 

The operation was prompted by information received by the Hoima District Security Committee that a group of foreigners had invaded the area causing a security threat. 

 

However, angry residents charged at the officers when they mistook them for thugs. As police and military personnel opened fire in the air residents picked bows, spears and arrows and fought back hitting Taremwa in the process. 

They descended on Taremwa and hacked him to death. The residents also shot George Emoot, the Commandant of the Field Force Unit in Hoima district in the right leg. He is hospitalized at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital. 

As a result, security conducted an operation to pick up the mob members. Addressing journalists on Wednesday night, Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, said they had managed to arrest 43 suspects believed to have killed Taremwa.  

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Hakiza says during the screening exercise, they found 29 illegal immigrants.

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Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC confirmed the operation, saying they can't seat back and watch illegal immigrants destabilize peace in the district.

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He said the illegal immigrants will be deported to their countries of origin.

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But Simon Achille, an elder and a resident of Kpele Village, says those in police custody are innocent. He says they have lived in the area since the 1960s as peaceful citizens and wonders why the District Security Committee is referring to them as Militia.

 

He says the arrests are meant to intimidate to abandon their land, which is being sought an investor. In 2018, close to 200 residents of Kpele village petitioned the Justice Bamugemereire Land Commission implicating some investor for attempting to evict them from their ancestral land.

They now claim the same investor is using the district security committee to threaten, scare and frame them so as to tarnish their image.