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Samson Tibirekwa, another resident says police fired live bullets after the two groups failed to agree on re-arresting the suspects
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Gunfire rocked Mabona trading center in Isingiro district on Monday evening after angry residents stormed Mabona police post protesting the release of two murder suspects.

The angry residents from Rwenkuba Village stormed the outpost demanding the rearrest of Dinavance Asiimwe and his son, Nicholas Tumuhimbise for killing their family head, Bernard Rwanjunga on November 26th 2016.

Led by their local council chairperson, Justus Tumuhimbise Karakaabe, the angry residents accused Police of pocketing bribes from the suspects to release them shortly after their arrest.

It was amidst this confusion that some residents allegedly tried to assault police officers prompting them to respond with gunfire. Hope Busingye, the Officer in Charge of Mabona Police Post, says the officers opened fire to disperse the angry residents who had started assaulting them.

She also says police managed to rescue the murder suspects after they were ejected from their village. Busingye also disclosed that the case against the duo wasn't handled by her post, but Isingiro Police Station where it was referred.

Our reporter visited Isingiro Police Station where the case was registered under CRB 1700/2016. However, the officers declined to divulge details surrounding the release of the suspects.

Moses Muzima, the Isingiro District Police Commander only promised to investigate and establish how the suspects were released by the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations department.

Mohamed Winston, a nephew to the late Bernard Rwanjunga accuses police of over reacting, saying they only led a peaceful protest demanding police rearrests the suspects.

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Teddy Ndagire, another resident accuses police of behaving irresponsibly by opening fire, saying they had clear demands.

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Samson Tibirekwa, another resident says police fired live bullets after the two groups failed to agree on re-arresting the suspects.

He says the residents demanded that police rearrests the suspects while the officers insisted that they had no reason to arrest them since they had been released by their superiors.

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By the time of filing this story, police had picked up the suspects and taken them to Isingiro Police station.

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