Two police officers have been arrested in connection with the Drone shooting which left two people severely injured at Temanagalo, Bukasa in Wakiso District.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Oweyesigire identified the two officers as Erisa Muhumuza and Evelyne Akello, both attached to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) enforcement team.
Reports indicate that on Wednesday evening, while on the UNRA operations, the said officers pursued a Canter truck belonging to one Eria Twase who allegedly tried to overtake them while they were on an operation in the areas of Bukasa.
It is said that the officers got enraged and went trigger-happy after Twase, who was in the car with his wife identified as Violet Nansereko, parked the vehicle and fled. Unfortunately, according to onlookers, the bullets hit Nansereko who was rushed to Mulago Hospital in critical condition. An eyewitness said that at the time of shooting Nansereko, she was carrying her baby.
The shooting incident enraged locals, who mobbed the heartless cops intending to lynch them. However, the police officers were rescued by Wakiso District commander, Tai Ramathan who reinforced personnel who took their own to safety. It has since emerged that it is Muhumuza who pulled the trigger on the innocent citizens.
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Meanwhile, the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine decried the impunity exhibited by the arrested officers, saying it is part of a new wave of abductions of their supporters across the country.
Taking to his social media pages, Bobi Wine used the incident to also take swipe at NRM defenders who are paid to twist acts of torture and cover up for the regime.
“Yesterday in Bukasa, Temanagalo security operatives moving in the notorious drones shot two citizens! The crime of the driver was trying to overtake the drone. Incidentally, there is a section of paid NRM apologists who continue to defend this lawlessness and madness. WE SHALL OVERCOME!” Bobi lamented.
The incident also comes at a time NUP has amplified calls for government to stop the renewed persecution of its supporters and other Ugandans who are now being arrested afresh in drones, which became a symbol of abductions, kidnaps and disappearances courtesy of security forces in the wake of the last 2021 general elections.
According to Bobi Wine, 15 of his supporters, picked up between this month and the last one, were being held incommunicado.
Six of these were arrested in the past three weeks alone, according to NUP. These include Bashir Kasagga, whom armed men wearing what looked like UPDF uniform picked on September 6, Jakaana Nadduli, a son of former minister Abdul Nadduli, Teddy Nalubowa, a businesswoman, and journalist Kenneth Kavulu of Buganda Broadcasting Service (BBS) Terefayina.
However, the government has severally maintained that it is unaware of missing opposition supporters.