Police Officer Arrested for Shooting Civilian to Death

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According to the Kigezi region police spokesperson, Elly Maate, Tukamushaba while armed with a panga attempted to access Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge in Rubuguri town council where Byaruhanga had been deployed to guard.

Kisoro Police are holding one of their own for shooting a civilian to death. The suspect is Constable Anacyed Byaruhanga, a Counter Terrorism Officer attached to Buhoma Police post in Kanungu district.
He is wanted for shooting to death Abdul Hakim Tukamushaba, a resident of Rushekye village in Bukimbiri Sub County in Kisoro District. Byaruhanga is said to have shot Tukamushaba to death at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge in Rubuguri town council Wednesday around 11:20am.

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says Byaruhanga shot the deceased when he allegedly tried to gain forceful entry into the guesthouse he was guarding with a machete.
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The deceased was found with several rolls of Marijuana in his pockets. Maate told URN that the deceased's body is lying at Kisoro hospital for postmortem while Byaruhanga is locked up at Kisoro police station as investigations into the matter continue.
The deceased's father, Robert Kyomukama has dismissed the police version of events. Kyomukama claims that his son was walking to Rubuguri trading Centre when he was intercepted by Byaruhanga.  According to Kyomukama, the officer shot his son while trying to fleeing to save his life.

This is not the first a police officer in Kisoro district is being accused of shooting a civilian. In July 2018, Police Constable Paul Mwanga, an officer attached to the Field Force Unit at Kisoro Police Station shot dead Stephen Ntagahorero and injured Desiderio Munyaneza and Posiano Maniragaba, all residents of Gikoro village in Nyakabande Sub County.

The incident occurred in Gikoro village in Rwingwe parish in Nyakabande Sub County.  The officer opened fire when residents charged at police officers who had gone to the area with a sniffer dog to arrest suspected thieves.

In April 2018, Police-constable Offen Ogondua was arrested for shooting and injuring Emmanuel Twesigye, a student of Muhabura Shine Secondary School. The shooting occurred during a friendly football match between Muhabura Shine Secondary School and Mutolere High School at Saza grounds in Kisoro Municipality.

Ogondua shot Twesigye in the right leg while saving the life of Derrick Mugabi, a student of Mutolere High School who was being assaulted by students from a rival school.


About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.

Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.

A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.