A highly placed source at Kira Division Police Station under whose jurisdiction City Oil Pump Station Kamwokya falls also told URN they were not involved in the operation.
The numberless vehicle at City Oil pump station
Five months after the City Oil shootout, it is impossible to trace the whereabouts of the suspects and case file on the incident. On February 9th, 2017, plain cloth police operatives intercepted a numberless Toyota Noah at City Oil Pump Station along Kira road in Kamwokya, a Kampala city suburb leading to a shootout with the six occupants of the vehicles.
At least two gunmen were shot in the legs prompting four others to surrender. Shortly after the shootout, Emilian Kayima, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, praised the officers for foiling an armed robbery at City Oil and Equity Bank. "When the six suspected robbers saw that they were being monitored at City Oil, they opened fire forcing police to retaliate shooting some of the suspects in the legs. Police has arrested all the suspects after they were forced to surrender," Kayima told Uganda Radio Network at the time.
However, five months later it is impossible to trace the case file or the suspects. Those picked up in connection to the foiled robbery include Tonny Nume, Douglas Kintu, a vendor in Kampala, Nicholas Ogwal, a resident of Nakawa, Francis Baguma, a shoe vendor, Robert Okello, a Boda Boda cyclist and Frank Lukwago, a resident of Nansana in Wakiso district.
Police also recovered an AK 47 rifle from the suspects. The suspects were held on tentative charges of attempted robbery, attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm. But whether the suspects were released, charged in court or are still in police custody is a mystery. At the time of the shootout, it was reported that the Flying Squad Unit was behind the operation.
But the Flying Squad Unit Commandant, Herbert Muhangi, denies this. "No, no, it was not our operation. We were only the second ring of security," he said. Police standing orders require that an operation fells under the Division Whoever led the operation, the jurisdiction of the attempted robbery placed the operation in Kampala Metropolitan Kira Division police station specifically.
A highly placed source at Kira Division Police Station under whose jurisdiction City Oil Pump Station Kamwokya falls also told URN they were not involved in the operation. "We didn't even know about the operation. We were as shocked as all of you when we heard shootings. How then can we have a clue on what became of the file?” the source told URN on condition of anonymity.
Police standing orders provide that a crime will be investigated by detectives deployed at the police station in the jurisdiction of the scene of crime and that the file may be called by the region or the CID headquarters through formal writing.
The source advised URN to try Kampala Metropolitan Criminal Investigations department. The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima took an entire week tracing for the file in vain. "That case was not investigated by KMP but someone has told me that the Special Investigations Division (SID) was the one handling the case,” he told URN.
The Inspector General of Police overhauled the SID several month ago leaving the unit without any personnel. Earlier on, Police Spokesperson, Asian Kasingye told URN that, "all case files that were being handled by the CID headquarters pending the redeployment of personnel to the Special Investigations Division.”
However, the CID spokesperson, Vincent Ssekate however has denied knowledge of the City Oil case file. "Unfortunately I don't have the contact of the person who is running SID currently but that case is not at CID,” Ssekate said.