Elwelu is accused of shooting dead Anita Namukisa Tumusiime during the victory party Shadrack Muhumuza, the Kizirafumbi Sub county LC 3 Chairperson elect in Kikuube district. The incident happened on Sunday night at around 11 pm.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson confirmed the arrest and detention of the police officer to URN.
police are holding one of their own for shooting dead a woman at a party. The
suspect is Denis Elwelu, a Probation Police constable-PPC attached to the
security detail at Hoima Sugar Limited security.
Elwelu is accused of shooting dead Anita Namukisa Tumusiime during the victory
party Shadrack Muhumuza, the Kizirafumbi Sub county LC 3 Chairperson elect in
Kikuube district. The incident happened on
Sunday night around 11 pm.
It is alleged that Muhumuza invited his supporters for a victory party on Sunday.
Hundreds of people gathered at his home and started partying. However, around 10 pm, the Disc Jockey-DJ only
identified as Ogam stopped the music to comply with the night-time curfew
This did not go down well with hundreds of people who had gathered for the
party and insisted that the party should continue throughout the night. They pleaded with the DJ to continue playing
music in vain. This enraged the revellers forcing some of them to pelt the DJ
with stones prompting him to notify Kikuube police who rushed to rescue him.
had the officers arrived than some of the revellers, started pelting them with
stones. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson, says that as
the situation became tense, the officers started firing live bullets in the air
to disperse the rowdy residents. He, however, says that a stray bullet caught
Tumusiime in the mouth killing her instantly.
picked the body and took it to Kikuube Health Center IV mortuary for a postmortem
before handing it over to her relatives for burial. According to Hakiza, Elwelu
was arrested on Monday to help police with investigations. This is the second police personnel to be
arrested for shooting dead unarmed civilian within a space of one week.
last week, police in Kakumiro arrested one of their own for shooting a suspect
to death. Julius Alaku, who is attached to Kikwaya police post, was arrested
for shooting to death John Barugahare while in custody at Kikwaya police post
started from a quarrel between the suspects in the police cells. Alaku, who was
on guard duty reportedly rushed to see what, was happening and opened the door
to the cells to see what was going on. However, the suspects grabbed him and
started escaping from the police cells.
He opened fire in his self-defence and
hit Barugahare in the stomach. He died as he was being rushed to Kakumiro
Health Center IV.