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Kabale police boss Tumwesigye arrested over shooting dead drunk reveller

Relatives of the deceased waiting to receive deceased's body from Kabale police station

Relatives of the deceased waiting to receive deceased's body from Kabale police station

Sgt John Tumwesigye, the officer in charge (OC) of Nyanja police post in Maziba sub-county, Kabale district has been arrested for shooting dead a 35-year-old reveller Chris Twijomujuni in a bar. 

Tumwesigye, 59, and police constable, James Owomuhangi are currently being held at Kabale Central police station over allegations of shooting Twijomujuni of Rujogoma village in Ndorwa East county, Kabale district. Ann Twebaze, sister to the deceased and Dustan Niwagaba, another relative, say that the incident happened on Monday night at around 11:00 pm at the nearby Nyanja trading centre in Kigarama parish, Maziba sub-county.   

They claim that while Twinomujuni was with his friends in a bar that belongs to a woman only identified as Claire, officers armed with AK-47 rifles emerged and tasked them to explain why they were drinking during the time meant for sleeping.

Claire’s bar shares the same building with Nyanja police post. The officers reportedly ordered the revellers to kneel so that they could get arrested. Twinomujiuni’s friends allegedly took off, leaving him kneeling alone. The bereaved say that Twinomujuni later asked for forgiveness and to be freed to go home.

As Twinomujiuni left the bar, Tumwesigye allegedly cocked the gun and shot him in the right leg. Twinomujuni was rushed to a nearby clinic and later rushed to Kabale regional referral hospital where he succumbed to excessive bleeding on Tuesday morning.

But, Elly Maate, police spokesperson for Kigezi region dismissed the bereaved family's narrative, saying that while the officers were on a night patrol in the trading centre in the early hours of Tuesday morning at around 03:00 am, they found Twinomujuni in Claire’s bar together with Dickson Turinawe, Levi Niwagaba, Jordan Ayijuka and four other yet to be identified revellers while drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.  

According to Maate, the police officers ordered the rest to go home and moved to arrest those who were smoking marijuana. Twinomujuni and others allegedly attempted to block them. During the scuffle according to Maate, sergeant Tumwesigye released bullets and one injured Twimomujuni who later died. 

Maate says that in addition to the arrest of the two officers, police have also managed to arrest Turinawe, Niwagaba and Ayijuka.  Maate adds that investigations into the matter are ongoing.

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+1 #1 Marc Mae 2024-05-26 02:40
Police has gone haywire. They need counselling. Anyway why do they walk around with guns?
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0 #2 Lakwena 2024-05-27 10:47
Quoting Marc Mae:
Police has gone haywire. They need counselling. Anyway why do they walk around with guns?


Marc Mae, not only ordinary gun but, the dangerous front line AK47 assault weapon.

In other words, including Armored Personnel Carriers, Tanks, war planes, etc., all the stockpile of weapons in the Armed forces Armories in the four corners of this country, are meant to deal with Ugandans.

E.g. viewed and treated worse than foreign enemies; in the name of ADF, the politically disagreeable Ugandans are being hunted down in the DR Congo at all cost!
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