According to Kasasira, the officers opened fire to stop the duo that was riding with another person on the truck after they refused to stop at the Weigh bridge. He says the officers first shot at the tyres and in the air but one of the bullets hit Katuramu in the chest while another caught Bimanyirwoha on the head.
RWIZI REGION POLICE SIGN POST
terrorism police officers attached to the UNRA Weigh Bridge Station in
Koranorya in Mbarara city have shot dead one person and injured another.
The deceased has been identified as Ivan Bimanyirwoha
Saturday from Rukungiri District while the injured is Simon Katuramu, an aspirant
for the Western Youth Parliamentary seat and lecturer a Metropolitan University
Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesman, says the
duo was traveling in a Fuso lorry registration number UBF 109D that was
transporting iron sheets to Rukungiri from Kampala on Tuesday when they were
According to Kasasira, the officers opened fire to stop the duo
that was riding with another person on the truck after they refused to stop at the
Weigh bridge. He says the officers first shot at the tyres and in the air but
one of the bullets hit Katuramu in the chest
while another caught Bimanyirwoha on the head.
Andrew Mugume, the Kacence West Cell LC I Vice-chairperson, says they heard a
volley of bullets as police pursued the truck. “We heard the bullets around
8:00am. The police officers were shooting rapidly in the Air and at the Fuso as
it was heading towards Mbarara town. All of a sudden we saw the lorry stop a
few meters from the weigh bridge on the bypass, two people jumped out and took
off. The other came out crawling,” he said.
He explains that one of the occupants crawled to a neighbor
who took him to Mbarara Hospital after being hit in the chest. Mugume says police
later discovered that one person had died and remained inside the truck.
to Kasasira, two people believed to have been on the truck are still missing. “A team of detectives and Flying Squad has been dispatched
to Mbarara Weigh Bridge Station to arrest the Counter-Terrorism officers and
UNRA Staff who were involved,” he said.
Benon Kyabwisho, the Interim Mayor
Mbarara North Divison North, says the Weigh bridge officers are never on the
road and only show up when they see a truck passing.
"You see the offices are not on the road side you have
to first turn from the road up a small hill. The officers are always seated in
their offices so when they see a truck pass without going there they start
chasing it,” he said.