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Police Boss takes over Hoima BAT Shooting Investigations

Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has taken over investigations into the killing of two workers of British American Tobacco Company on Tuesday.



The two men were killed when more than 600 workers of British American Tobacco (BAT) went on strike over delayed salary payments. Anti-riot police called in to control the crowd shot several times into the air and the workers. The two men, 50-year-ld Dennis Bazaara and 16-year-old Bernard Kasaija, were killed on the spot.



One woman was wounded in the shooting.



Five senior police officers including the officer in charge of Hoima Central Police Station were arrested for the incident.



Asan Kasingye, the police Chief Political Commissar, arrived in Hoima this morning to represent his boss Kale Kayihura in the investigations. He held a meeting with the Midwestern Regional Police Commander, Marcellino Wanitho, to get the official account of the shooting.



After the meeting, Kasingye told journalists that he was headed to the scene of the crime in Kibati to assess the evidence given to him. He also plans to visit families of the deceased and injured to pass on condolences from the Inspector General of Police.



Kasingye didn't divulge any details of his meeting with the Regional Police Commander. He promised to hold a news conference later in the day to give a briefing on the investigations.



Sylvia Kabasinguzi, who was wounded in the shooting, is being treated at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital. She was shot in the leg.



A clinical officer attending to her says the bullet did not fracture her leg. He expects her to recover soon.



Few of the BAT employees went to work today. Most of them are attending the burials of Dennis Bazaara and Bernard Kasaija. The police force and BAT have paid for all burial expenses.