Trouble started following a quarrel in the police cells. Alaku, who was on guard duty reportedly rushed to see what was happening. He opened the door to the cells to see what was happening but the suspects started fighting him.
Yudaya Nakinga, the Kakumiro District Natural Resources Officer who led the operation, says that they received intelligence information indicating that several hectares of the wetlands had been encroached on for different activities.
The suspects whose particulars have been concealed by police for fear of jeopardizing police investigations are accused of waylaying Adam Baguma 20, a boda boda rider and a resident of Kyakinaka Village Bwanswa Subcounty Kakumiro district on Monday night.
Speaking to Uganda Radio network in a telephone interview this morning, Kasirivu said he survived by God's Grace, saying the attack could be political motivated. He told URN that he has already filed a case at Kakumiro police station.
Charles Lwanga, the Birembo LC I Chairperson, says the suspects have been terrorizing the area for long. He, however, says residents launched a manhunt for the suspect following the theft of a cow belonging to one of the residents on Wednesday.
Ssememwa Cultural Site, which sits on top of Bikakate hill in Kakumiro district, is known for trenches that were used by the legendary King, Kateboha who reigned in the 14th century AD during the Bachwezi Dynasty.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson says that by the time the police received the notification, it was too late to pursue the thugs. However, he adds, police personnel recovered two cartridges from the crime scene, and these were taken as exhibits as investigations into the matter continue.
The suspects whose identities have been concealed by police for fear of jeopardizing investigations were arrested on Wednesday night following an operation conducted by joint security operatives comprising of the police and the Uganda peoples defense forces-UPDF.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says the suspect was arrested on Tuesday from Kikwaya trading centre in Kakumiro district at a campaign rally organized by Dr Baltazar Kasirivu Atwooki,