Police Shoots at Bar Brawlers in Hoima

A group of policemen on night patrol in Kiryatete, Hoima district, shot and injured a civilian on Saturday.
A group of policemen on night patrol in Kiryatete, Hoima district, shot and injured a civilian on Saturday.


Geoffrey Mutembi (35), a resident of Kiryatete East, is nursing injuries at Hoima referral hospital after he was shot twice in his right arm on Saturday night by the policemen.


Mutembi’s hand was operated Monday morning although the bullets are still lodged in his arm.


Peter Mayanja, the chairperson Kiaryatete East, confirmed the incident occurred at about midnight at Tom’s bar located in Kiryatete.


He said the police found a section of youths fighting in bar but upon ordering them to stop and surrender themselves to police, they instead tried to flee. Mutembi was shot as he attempted to escape in the ensuing chaos. 


Mayanja added that the police managed to arrest three of the people who were involved in the fight.


They were identified as Kenneth Kanjogera, Tumwine and Matovu all residents of Kiryatete.


Augustine Kasangaki, the district police commander, admitted the police shooting occurred and said they had begun investigations into the incident. 


Without disclosing details, Kasaganki revealed that a file had been opened against the officer led the night patrol. The officer could face charges of abuse of office.


Lydia Tumushabe, the Albertine region police spokesperson, said police had already identified the three suspects behind the shooting.


She said the suspects would be investigated for misuse of firearms and promised to disclose their identities later.


Police have recently intensified night operations in the district following an increase in crime in the area. The most commonly reported crimes being theft, burglary, and hitting of people with sticks.


Late last year, two local radio presenters one Moses Kirungi of Spice Fm and Ivan Batuboine were attacked by stick- yielding criminals and severally injured them as they returned from work.


Tumushabe said despite the regrettable incident, night police patrols would continue.


This is not the first time police have shot civilians in the district.


In September 2010, police in the district shot two civilians dead in Kibati. The two were part of BAT workers demonstrating over lack of pay.

The shooting led to the arrest of three police officials including the district police commander Augustine Kasangaki, but they were later released.