A teenage boy, Patrick Otimong has been shot dead by Bukedea police for allegedly violating the night curfew.
Otimong, a student of Sironko senior secondary school was allegedly shot dead by a special police constable (SPC), Simon Okurut who found the teenager partying with others at Kanyipe trading centre. The locals had been granted permission to party overnight at will by Kanyipe village chairperson Simon Okolong according to East Kyoga regional police spokesman, David Ongom Mudong.
According to Mudong, police opened fire when they met resistance from the errant members of the public.
“As police, we condemn any act of unprofessional conduct of officers of using live ammunition against unarmed civilians but of course, we also do condemn provocation from the members of the public against police officers on lawful duty," Mudong said in a text.
Ongom revealed that the police have arrested both the village chairperson and the police officer to help in the investigations.
“Detectives are actively recording statements from relevant witnesses and gathering evidence. The file is due for submission to the resident state attorney for perusal and legal advice, should the file be sanctioned, those implicated shall face the law”, he added.
According to Ongom, the incident was provoked by the actions of the village chairperson who he says unlawfully gave permission to the people to drink and dance overnight in total disregard of the presidential guidelines to control COVID-19.
Although bars and discotheques have not been granted permission to operate since they were closed in March last to curb the spread of COVID-19, several are operating throughout the region with loud music booming throughout the night.
Meanwhile, the police in Bukedea rescued a suspected cattle thief identified as Simon Oloit from an angry mob last night. Oloit, a resident of Kaloko village in Bukedea sub county was found with a stolen bull at Bukedea cattle market at around 3:00 am on Thursday morning.
He was seen by Gilbert Emuria who tipped residents that descended on him. Geoffrey Okiswa, the Bukedea residence district commissioner (RDC) says that whereas they condemn mob justice, they also condemn acts of cattle theft in the strongest terms since it has become a serious issue in the district.
The mob also vandalized Oloit’s vehicle Toyota Primo UAH 225B that was found at the scene. Three other people believed to be accomplices to Oloit fled the scene.