Crime & Investigation

3 Cops Arrested Over Bloody Bugembe Shooting


information pills sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The OC Bugembe police post Patrick Nuwagaba together with his personnel PC Julius Muchunguzi and Alex Waikubi were detained on Sunday to as part of a wider investigation into the bloody incident.

Deputy Police publicist, Polly Namaye said Sunday that Nathan Ntare, a pupil of Nakanyonyi primary school, was on Friday shot dead as the police tried to calm students who were involved in a fight and had began throwing stones at one another.

The incident has since sparked public outrage over police’s highhandedness in quelling the chaos.

Residents of Bugembe said Police should have used teargas or rubber bullets instead of opening live fire on unarmed students.

Namaye said during which the fighting, one of the students attempted to save his car from flying stones being thrown by angry students “and in the process knocked down a colleague.

This made the students to become more chaotic. The police who were deployed to secure the competition began to shoot in the air to disperse the fighting students.”

Another student identified as Francis Kibilige is admitted at Mulago Hospital ward 3B with injuries.

“The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura on Sunday visited the family of the deceased pupil to offer condolences and to re-assure them and the community of Bugembe of police action against the perpetrators,” said Namaye.

Kayihura also instructed that the organizers be arrested for not following the “rightful procedure.”

Namaye said the organizers had prior to the competition written to the OC police post seeking police services “yet the right procedure is to write to the DPC.”

The Officer in charge of the police post has also been arrested to explain his role in the events as they unfolded.

The competitions attracted over 23 participating secondary schools.


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