Mob lynches policeman for 'stealing' motorcycle in Makindye

RIP: Jimmy Anguyo

The Uganda Police Force is investigating circumstances under which one of their own, a probation police constable was killed by a mob in Makindye division, Kampala.

Jimmy Anguyo, 27, who was attached to Katwe police station was found dead by his colleagues at 3;00am, a few moments after he was reportedly lynched by an angry mob over allegations of stealing a motorcycle. 

Reports indicate that the policeman had only withdrawn from duty around Kibuye Clock Tower at around 2:00am. He had reportedly complained of headache and his colleagues asked him to go home and rest.

It's reported that when Anguyo returned from duty, he put off his police uniform and left his gun in his house at Katwe police barracks and moved out.  Sources indicate that Anguyo then walked to a bar in Makindye where he was mobbed over claims that he had stolen a motorcycle. It is not clear yet if police recovered any motorcycle in regards to the incidence.

Anguyo's colleagues say he recently bought three motorcycles auctioned by police in Katwe but had not yet started using any of them.

Luke Oyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, says two people have been arrested in connection to the incident and that the suspects were nabbed red-handed in the act.

"We are still interrogating them and they are helping us with investigations on how we can get the rest," he said.

Asked if the deceased had any identification on himself, Oyesigire said although Anguyo had a police identity card, he was not given time to present it. He says police is investigating the matter to bring all the suspects to book.

The two suspects are being held at Central Police Station in Kampala. Anguyo leaves behind a widow and one child. 

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