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Police officers dismissed over attempted murder of colleague officer

By Davis Mugabi

The Territorial Police in Busoga North and Kaliro district dismissed D/C Bwire Moses Mangeni, aged 27, on disciplinary charges of discreditable conduct and further charged him to court with attempted murder by Police Constable Kutosi Tyson, which occurred on September 12, 2023, around 11 p.m.

The suspect had requested the keys to the police motorcycle so as to travel to his home village in Busia district, but was denied the motorcycle, which was the only transport at Namugongo Police Post in Kaliro. This angered the suspect, and he picked up a hoe and hacked PC Kutosi, inflicting injuries on him. Immediately after, he picked up a gun with 30 rounds and fired all the bullets. Several bullet holes were found in the room of the OC post. The suspect was arrested as he handed over the gun with an empty magazine at Kaliro NTC. He appeared in court on September 15, 2023, on charges of attempted murder. The victim, PC Kutosi, was rushed to Musana HC for treatment.

In a separate development, the police in Greater Bushenyi and Sheema districts also charged CPL Ambrose Katumwehe, a 57-year-old police officer attached to Kanekye Police Post, Kashozi division, with threatening violence against Nakyanzi Caroline, a bar maid in Kanekye trading center, on September 12, 2023, at around 11 p.m.

Police Spokesman Fred Enanga says that the suspect, while in a drunken state and armed with a gun, threatened to fire bullets at the victim’s door if she failed to open it. Shortly after, he fired three bullets at her door, which prompted an alarm. The suspect returned to his post and was arrested by the DPC and his team. The fun was recovered and exhibited. He was charged with attempted murder and threatening violence.

“The UPF, as an institution, continues to hold officers who commit acts of violence accountable. We stand for the rule of law and will not tolerate such acts of impunity within our rank and file,” Enanga said.

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