Unidentified Assailants Torch Three Vehicles at Kawempe Police Station

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said. Sources at Kawempe Police Station told URN that the fire was set by two men who came ridding on a motorcycle with a five liter Jerry can.
27 Feb 2020 16:46
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Police are investigating circumstances under which, unidentified thugs sneaked into the Parking Yard of Kawempe Police Division headquarters and torched three vehicles that were recovered by exhibits last year.

The thugs raided Kawempe Police Division headquarters on Wednesday night and poured petrol on the three vehicles before they set them ablaze. Alexander Mayanja, an eye witness and chapatti vendor next to Kawempe police station, says they saw the fire around 9:30pm burning the vehicles that were parked near the generator. 

“The fire almost took thirty minutes before the police fire brigade arrived and rescued the situation. But I think the camera could have captured the people who started the fire,” Mayanja said. Sources at Kawempe Police Station told URN that the fire was set by two men who came ridding on a motorcycle with a five liter Jerry can.       

According to the source, the man who seated as a passenger is the one who poured fuel on the motor vehicle before he lit the fire. The burnt vehicles include a Spacio white in color registration number UAU 243C, taxi registration number UAK 089E and taxi UAT 083F all on cases of serious accidents that occurred last year.


Police speaks out

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango confirmed to URN that police are investigating a case of arson vide SD 129/26/02/2020 where unidentified assailants tried to burn Kawempe police station. He however, said the assailants were captured on the security cameras, saying their details will soon be released.


Station Guards arrested

  Onyango also confirmed to URN that six police officers who were on guard duty at the station and locked up on charges of neglect of duty. They are expected to appear before the Police Disciplinary Committee when investigations into the matter are complete. 

He also disclosed that Wandegeya police station entered a case of attempted arson at Kagugube police station vide SD 15/26/20/2020 on February 26, 2020. According to Onyango, the matter was brought to the attention of Wandegeya police station by George Kiryowa who is attached to the president’s office claiming that he had seen three motor cycles moving with three passengers moving with a five liter jerrycan of petrol torching tires.

He also said another group poured petrol on the tires of the movement bus registration number UAD 795E that is parked at Major Kakooza Mutale’s home along Mawanda road in Kampala prompting residents to raise alarm. The soldiers guarding Mutale’s home came out but the assailants had already sped off.                

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