Another eye witness who identified himself as “Uncle Bo”, said that the woman accused settumba of being a thief when she was approached by the LDU personnel about the cause of the alarm she had sounded. Without speaking to Ssetumba, Mwanje allegedly opened fire and hit his head.
A Local Defence Unit –LDU Officer identified as Abdul-Aziz Mwanje, has been arrested for allegedly shooting a civilian dead at Kabusu in
Rubaga Division. Mwanje, who allegedly shot Jimmy Ssetumba, a resident of Bunamwayam on Tuesday morning, is now locked up at Old Kampala Police
Kampala Metropolitan Police
Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says the trouble started when a female
entertainer whom witnesses described as a commercial sex worker raised an alarm
accusing Ssetumba of snatching her bag.
According to Onyango, the alarm
attracted the intervention of LDUs who were on foot patrol, a few meters from
the incident scene. Upon arrival, the LDUs allegedly ordered Ssetumba to stop
in vain prompting Mwanje to discharge a bullet that hit the deceased on the
head., He died instantly.
An eye witness, Moses Kayongo alleged that Ssetumba and his accuser were
involved in a sexual affair and that the deceased was a regular client of the
renowned commercial sex worker in the area.
Kayongo says the two started quarrelling over
money after emerging from a guest house with Ssetumba pleading with the woman to refund some of his money in vain. In the process, Ssetumba
allegedly grabbed the woman's bag leading to a quarrel that allegedly lasted for about 10
In the process, the woman sounded an alarm, which attracted the LDUs. Onyango says they do not have clear
information about the exact cause of the incident yet.
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Another eye witness who identified himself as “Uncle
Bo”, said that the woman accused settumba of being a thief when she was approached by the LDU personnel about the cause of the alarm she had sounded. Without speaking to Ssetumba, Mwanje allegedly
opened fire and hit his head.
The victim was about five meters away from his accuser
whose bag he was holding. Police have since arrested Mwanje on charges
of murder as the Officer in Charge –OC of Criminal Investigations and his team piece together information to establish the actual cause of the shooting.
Last week, another LDU officer was arrested for shooting a civilian at Buyala under Wakiso Policing Division. The Kampala Deputy Police
Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, identified the Buyala victim as Sam Odukur, a
suspect whom police had gone to arrest for assaulting his wife and the village
Chairman, Musa Ssemakula.
The Buyala incident came a week after other LDU killed
a man who was allegedly strangling a student of Makerere University Business
School – MUBS. The deceased was identified as Tonny Kigozi. He was
gunned down around 11 p.m. at Mutundwe, still in Rubaga Division of Kampala on
allegations of attempting to strangle, Anita Namayanja.