Luweero Attack: Kasana Police Boss Held

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However, the source says Tumuhairwe defends himself saying that he was too terrified and couldn't fire a single bullet to disable or arrest the attackers.

Corporal Edgar Tumuhairwe, the Officer in Charge of Kasana Police post in Luweero town council is in trouble for alleged negligence. Tumuhairwe was picked up on Wednesday a few hours after unidentified thugs raided Kasana police Post killing Geoffrey Bala and injuring critically Sergeant Sarah Achan.
Achan is currently admitted at Mulago National Referral hospital. According to sources, Musa Nabendeh, the Savanah Regional Police Commander ordered the arrest of Tumuhairwe after reports emerged that he was around when the two officers were attacked but he did nothing to protect them.

Tumuhairwe is currently being held at Luweero central police station to help identity those behind the attack. A highly placed source in the District Security Committee told URN on condition of anonymity that in his police statement Tumuhairwe says he was in a vehicle outside the police post when three men dressed in army uniform attacked his colleagues with machetes.

However, the source says Tumuhairwe defends himself saying that he was too terrified and couldn't fire a single bullet to disable or arrest the attackers. Lameck Kigozi, the Savannah Regional Police spokesman has confirmed the arrest of Tumuhairwe but declined to divulge details. 

He also discloses that, the police management ordered the evacuation of Achan from Kiwoko Hospital to Mulago national Referral Hospital for better management.

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Persis Namuganza, the Luweero Deputy Resident District Commissioner allays fears from some residents that the attack is linked to rebels who want to start a war and terrorize the country.

Namuganza says preliminary investigations show that attack was executed by thugs who wanted to rob guns to stage highway robberies.

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Kasana Police Post has been condoned off as police officers from Luweero and Kampala comb the crime scene for clues on the attack. By the time of filing this story Bala's body was still lying at Kasana Health Center IV for postmortem.



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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.