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1 Dead, 3 Injured as Police Officer Shoots At Demonstrators

Police in Butaleja district is investigating circumstances under which one of their officers fired live bullets at a crowd during a public demonstration killing one person and injuring three others.
Police in Butaleja district is investigating circumstances under which one of their officers fired live bullets at a crowd during a public demonstration killing one person and injuring three others.

 

Corporal Carlos Godi, a police operations chief at Kachonga police post, shot several rounds at the crowd near Kachonga police post killing Muzamir Mujjasi, a 14-year old pupil of of Namunasa Primary School. Mujjasi was due to sit for his primary leaving examinations next month.

 

The injured include two infants Yahaya Wasige and Nulu Namuhenge and 35–year–old Denis Hawumba all residents of Namunasa village.

 

The shooting was part of a scuffle between the police and the demonstrators who attempted to rescue a female suspect who was detained for allegedly stealing a child. Early this morning the demonstrators attempted to defy police orders not to access Kachonga police post, but they attempted to gain access to it from different directions. However, no matter where they passed, they were met with stiff police resistance.

 

When asked about the shooting, Butaleja District Police Commander Alex Wabwire confirmed that he had heard the shots being fired and asked anyone with information about it to come forward.

 

Wabwire says the police are holding three people who were arrested during the scuffle.

 

Wabwire has reiterated that no one is permitted to hold a demonstration to rescue a suspect from police cells. He says Carlos Godi, who was reportedly under influence of alcohol, will be taken to the police professional standards unit for questioning.

 

In June 2013 two police officers were detained for opening fire on a rowdy crowd along the streets of Kasese town during a demonstration against the blockage of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere from visiting Bundibugyo district.

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