Police insist that whatever Constable Mukebezi did was within the law and it was right to check the state of the occupants in the military vehicle and tow the wreckage to the police station. According to police, Maj Okua and his accomplices are still at large.
Investigations Directorate working alongside the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI has preferred attempted murder charges against Major Alfa Okua for shooting a traffic policeman on Saturday.
It all started after a UPDF vehicle registration number HODF 1391 veered off the road and rammed into a
signpost at Kobil petrol station along Kiwatule road. According to police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, a traffic officer Robert Mukebezi, responded to the incident and
resolved that the vehicle be towed to Kira Road police station.
However, in the process of towing the UPDF vehicle, a UPDF Pick Up truck intercepted the towing truck. According to the Police, the second pickup truck was under the command of Major Alfa Okua who is attached to the CMI headquarters in Mbuya. Major Okua and his three colleagues insisted that
the Army vehicle could not be towed to a police station.
It is alleged that Okua shot inside the towing truck and injured Mukebezi
who was in the co-drivers seat. Mukebezi has since been transferred from Mulago National Referral hospital to Victoria Hospital for treatment. Enanga accuses Maj Okua of acting with impunity, indiscipline, disrespect, and
Police insist that
whatever Constable Mukebezi did was within the law and it was right to check
state of the occupants in the military vehicle and tow the wreckage to the police station. According to police, Maj Okua and his accomplices are still at large.
“We would like to inform
the public that the police together with UPDF are searching for the UPDF office who was involved in the shooting of a traffic officer. He was
lawfully carrying his duties. It is quite embarrassing, it is an act of
impunity, an act of lawlessness and unprofessionalism,” Enanga said.
There have been several incidents where military
officers have deliberately assaulted traffic officers who stop them from making turns at wrong
sections of the road, driving from the wrong side of the road, or fighting
civilians when they scratch their vehicles.
In October last year, Richard Namara, a driver to
Captain Joseph Kamusiime drew out his pistol and threatened to shoot Clement Omoding,
who stopped him for driving on the wrong side of Nile Avenue. Constable Omoding
was saved by colleagues who overpowered Namara and detained him at CPS Kampala.
In June 2020, the now-deceased Deputy IGP, Maj Gen Paul Lokech slapped Ruth Kyobutungi, the
regional traffic commander for KMP East for stopping him from
driving along the pavement along
Kireka- Kyaliwajjala road. It took the intervention of the then Kampala
Metropolitan Police Commander, Moses
Kafeero to resolve the matter.
Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza slapped Sergent Esther Namaganda at Seeta town in Mukono municipality for questioning why he and his guards were making a turn at a wrong section of the road.
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.