“Someone shot a traffic officer on Kira road following a minor accident this morning (Sunday). What awaits such a rash, negligent and intentional crime”. Kasingye tweeted early before it was later confirmed that a UPDF officer was behind the shooting.
Lt. Col Ronald Kakurungu Deputy Army Spokesperson
A Uganda People’s
Defence Forces-UPDF soldier is at large for shooting and injuring a
traffic police officer in Ntinda, Kampala. Assistant Inspector General of Police-AIGP, Asan Kasingye identifies the injured
traffic officer as Police
Constable Robert Mukebezi.
The traffic officer was
vehicle that has knocked
down the signpost-of-Kobil pump station when he was shot. “Someone shot a traffic officer on Kira road
following a minor accident this morning (Sunday). What
awaits such a rash, negligent and intentional crime”. Kasingye tweeted early
before it was later confirmed
that a UPDF officer was behind the
Mukebezi’s colleague says that
he was seated in the breakdown truck that was towing a military
vehicle that had knocked the signpost. “As they towed the vehicle, soldiers who were in a double cabin that was parked on the side of the
road jumped off and asked where they were taking the vehicle. Then one soldier started shooting the breakdown
truck and injured Mukebezi, the
police officer said.
The army officers reportedly ordered the driver of the breakdown truck to tow
the vehicle to Mbuya barracks instead of the police station. The traffic
officer was rushed to Mulago National Referral hospital where is currently
receiving treatment. The acting UPDF Spokesperson, Lt. Col
Ronald Kakurungu, confirmed that
incident, saying the errant UPDF soldier is on the run.
"Preliminary information indicates that there was a
misunderstanding between the traffic officer and the soldier regarding recovery
of a military vehicle that was involved in the accident. In the process, unfortunately, the traffic officer was shot and injured in the leg,” Kakurungu said.
He said the suspect is still on the run but a search is underway.” We have very useful clues that will lead to his arrest. UPDF
and Uganda Police have also launched joint investigations into the unfortunate
incident,” Kakurungu noted. This is not the first time a soldier is attacking a
traffic officer while on duty.
In 2019, Major
General Matayo Kyaligonza and his bodyguards assaulted Esther Namaganda, a traffic officer when she stopped them from making a U-turn in the
middle of the road in Seeta-Mukono district.