A Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officer was lynched by a mob in Bubutu sub-county, Manafwa district on Monday evening. Geoffrey Adukai, the officer in charge CID Bubutu Police post, was killed by the mob while trying to arrest of a suspect. Another police officer identified as John Wafarura was critically injured.
Another police officer identified as John Wafarura was critically injured in the Monday evening fracas is fighting for his life in Chrisco hospital in Butiru.
An eye witness, who declined to be named for fear of being victimized, told Uganda Radio Network that Adukai was in the company of two other police officers identified as John Wafaruru and Stephen Malaku, when they went to Buwesa Trading centre at around 6:30pm on Monday to arrest a suspect.
He said the trio had gone to arrest James Marunga, a resident of the area, who had been accused of threatening violence against another resident.
According to the witness, trouble started when residents tried to resist Marunga’s arrest and Adukai opened fire to disperse the crowd. In the ensuing confusion, a 17-year-old pupil of Bukika Primary School identified as Micheal Wanabuku was fatally hit by a stray bullet and died.
The angry mob then overwhelmed the three officers, and beat Adukai to death using machetes and stones. Wafarura was rescued by a team of other police officers who were called for reinforcement. Stephen Malaku, however, escaped unhurt.
Diana Nandawula, the Eastern Regional Police Spokesperson confirmed the incident. She said Adukai opened fire in air to disperse the residents who had turned rowdy. Unfortunately Wanabuku was killed by a stray bullet.
She said the Police also lost a motorcycle registration number UP 3623 that was set ablaze by the mob. She, however, added that an AK 47 gun the mob had grabbed from the police officers was later recovered in a late night operation.
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Nandawula said nine suspects were arrested over the incident including two area local council (LC) chairpersons. The two LCs have been identified as Patrick Namisi of Bukeiwa village and Damascus Katami of Buwesi village.
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Nandawula regretted the death of the minor and said that Police was in touch with the deceased's family. She said that Police had already contributed towards his burial costs.
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When URN visited Buwesa Trading Centre near Rwahakaka, the border of Uganda and Kenya on Tuesday morning, the usually busy trading centre was visibly deserted with Police patrolling the area. Many residents had reportedly abandoned their homes for fear of mass arrests by the Police.
Nandawula said the suspects are being held at Rwahakaka police station, while the Adukai’s body has been transported to Tororo, his ancestral home, for burial.