Farouk Samanya, a Boda Boda cyclist was allegedly shot dead by police officers at Mailo Mbili roundabout along the Jinja-Iganga highway.
Abby Ngako, the Kiira region police spokesperson addressing journalists. file photo.
The Police in Jinja has arrested four of their own over
Thursday’s shooting. Farouk Samanya, a Boda Boda cyclist was allegedly shot
dead by police officers attached to the Filed Force Unit- FFU.
It is alleged that at around 7:00 pm, a police patrol vehicle knocked a
motorcycle rider at Mailo Mbili round about the along Jinja-Iganga road. Boda
Boda cyclists confronted the police officers and demanded that they take their
colleague to hospital for treatment.
However, when the police officers refused, the cyclists pelted the police
personnel with stones. The police retaliated by firing live bullets directly at
the crowd, killing Samanya instantly and injuring another person 21-year-old
Shaluwa Namukose who is nursing bullet wounds at Alshafa hospital.
The Kiira region police spokesperson, Abbey Ngako says that the
police officers whose identities he refused to reveal were arrested on Friday morning and are currently being
detained at Nalufenya Police Station.
He adds that their guns have been taken to the government
analytical laboratory for a forensic audit.
Samanya’s shooting sparked off protests paralyzing traffic along
the Jinja-Iganga road as police fired teargas to disperse the angry riders.