Wakiso district police commander (DPC) Medard Asiimwe and three others have been arrested in connection to the shooting that claimed the life of John Katumba alias Kenzo on Sunday night.
Katumba was gunned down when Asiimwe together with his driver and two unnamed police stormed a pub in Nsangi central zone to arrest revellers for drinking past the night curfew time, which resulted in altercations.
During the scuffle, Asiimwe opened fire in an attempt to disperse the rowdy revellers and hit Katumba in the process. Police patrol tried to rush the father of two to Mulago National Referral Hospital to save his life but he succumbed to the bullet wounds on Monday morning.
Now, Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, says that Asiimwe together with two police officers and a driver are in custody. Earlier on residents had planned to stage demonstrations to protest what they called police brutality in enforcing curfew but security foiled the protests.
Gerald Lubowa, one of the residents has expressed concern over the unbecoming behaviour of police officers at Nsangi police station. Innocent Mukasa, a chapatti seller in Nsangi, says Asiimwe has been working with some former special police constables to harass them.
Owoyesigyire has called for calm from residents as they investigate the allegations.
“We call upon people in the area to remain calm because we have heard threats of these people attacking the police station. This matter of shooting and other claims will be investigated,” he said.