Uganda Radio Network –URN has since established that the man who pulled out the pistol is called Richard Namara and he is the bodyguard to retired military Capt (rtd) Joseph Kamusiime.
Details have emerged about a man who drew a pistol at a traffic policeman on Speke Road in
The incident happened on Tuesday according to one of
the police officers who were near the scene. Uganda Radio Network has since
established that the man who pulled out the pistol is Richard Namara, a bodyguard
to retired military Capt (rtd) Joseph Kamusiime.
Trouble started after Namara had dropped his boss at Kampala Serena Hotel in
motor vehicle UBC 605B a Toyota Corolla white in colour. A policeman at the
rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police said that Namara chose to drive in a
“He was intercepted along with Standard Chartered Bank roundabout by a traffic
officer Clement Omoding, however, he instead pulled out his pistol pointing it
to Omoding, “a policeman said.
Constable Omoding was saved by his colleagues who were nearby including two
Field Force Unit –FFU policemen. The police officers subdued Namara and removed
a pistol from him. He was taken to Kampala Central Police Station.
Sources told URN that upon learning about the incident, Capt Kamusiime arrived at
CPS and engaged the traffic policeman. The matters were reportedly resolved in
the night and Namara was released unconditionally.
“He was arrested and the motor vehicle impounded. It has been established that the
gun in question was for his boss rtd Capt Joseph Kamusiime whom he dropped at
Serena Hotel but had left the weapon in the car. The matter was resolved and he
was left to go uncharged,” a police source said.
The Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said he
has not informed anything about how the matter was resolved and thus he could
not speak about it.
But the Assistant Inspector General of Police Asan Kasingye had
earlier taken to Twitter describing the incident as a sign of disrespect.
“He pulls a pistol against a traffic officer at Speke road. This kamanyiro
against officers of the law must stop,” Kasingye said.
This is not the first incident where military officers or their
bodyguards have assaulted traffic police officers.
In 2019, bodyguards of Rtd Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza assaulted Sgt Esther
Namaganda after she condemned them for making a turn at a wrong point of the
road at Seeta town in Mukono district.
Last year, the late Maj Gen Paul Lokech slapped Kampala North traffic commander,
Ruth Kyobutungi. But the case was resolved at CPS with the intervention of Moses
Kafeero, who was then Kampala Police Commander.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.