Police Constable Harshim Nwenyi, 28, attached to Tororo Central Police Station was attacked by a mob in Katende zone after being accused by a woman that he had stolen his phone. The woman was later identified as his girlfriend.
A traffic Police Officer is in a
coma after being attacked by a mob group in Nakulabye, a suburb of Kampala.
Police Constable Harshim Nwenyi, 28,
attached to Tororo Central Police Station was attacked by a mob in Katende zone
after being accused by a woman that he had stolen
his phone. The woman was later identified as his girlfriend.
Police preliminary findings
indicate that Nwenyi left his unit in Tororo to visit his girlfriend in Kampala on Thursday. But they developed a misunderstanding over messages on her phone prompting
him to walk away with the phone. However, the woman raised an alarm accusing
him of theft, which attracted mob ganging upon him.
Although the Police officers at
the Nakulabye Police Post who picked him up from the scene had announced him dead, the
mortuary attendants at the city mortuary found him alive and rushed him to Mulago casualty
ward in critical condition, where he is currently fighting for his life.
His father Harshim Nwenyi Sr, a
retired Immigration officer, said he received calls from the Police that his son
was killed by a mob, and they travelled to Kampala to pick his son's body, but
they luckily found him alive.
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Akim Kawaddwa an uncle to the
victim said the officer was badly beaten, and his condition is still worrying.
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Other family members led by Zaina
Nanteza said it was a miracle for them to find Nwenyi alive. She said they left
Mbale town when other family members were arranging for burial.
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Hajjati Zaituni Mutagubya, the
area chairperson said had been informed by the Defense Secretary that a person
suspected to be a thief had been killed by a mob in their area. Mutagubya
however, cautioned the public against taking the law into their hands.
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In a statement, police
spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigire said an iron bar believed to be among the weapons
used by the mob was picked by officers from Nakulabye police post who responded
to the incident. “We have recovered the CCTV footages in the areas to help in
identifying whoever participated in the act. Owoyesigire said”.