Crime & Investigation

Cops Arrested Over Jinja Riot Murder

viagra geneva; font-size: small;”>The lad was shot dead as Police quelled the Jinja taxi drivers’ violent protests on Wednesday morning.

generic geneva; font-size: small;”>Deputy Police publicist, Patrick Onyango, described the incident as “absolutely regrettable.”

“We regret the incident as our officers who responded to the call acted out of order by firing live bullets in the air; they should have used other none lethal means to quell the riot,” said Onyango.

The incident occurred at around 10:30am at Naminya Zone, Naminya Parish, Wakisi Sub-county in Buikwe District.

The incident comes at a time Police is coming under fire of being highhanded in crashing protests.

Several people sustained bullet injuries as police cracked down on violent Kisekka market protestors in downtown Kampala.

Police alleged that that the deceased and other taxi drivers had blocked Kayunga–Jinja road, blocking some taxis from proceeding to either Kayunga or Jinja side.

“When Police received the report, they intervened by removing the illegal roadblock the drivers had erected. The drivers started throwing stones at Policemen, which prompted the Police to shoot in the air, and a stray bullet hit Kaziba on the head who was rushed to Jinja Referral Hospital where he died from,” elaborated Onyango.

He added: “We sincerely wish to extend our sympathies to the bereaved family and we have already taken action by arresting all the officers who were involved in this operation.”

He further said “this was an unfortunate incident that the Police Management totally condemns.”

The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura will be visiting the scene, thereafter proceed to pay homage to the family of the deceased today Thursday.

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