Police Officers Held for Shooting Resident to Death Top story

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The Kisoro District Police Commander, Charles Okotto Mwanga, explains that Adi and Mwanamwolho went to Gikoro village in Rwingwe parish with a sniffer dog to respond to a case of burglary and theft that had been reported early in the day by Gaston Ntamakuriro.

Kisoro Police are holding three of their own for shooting dead a civilian and injuring two others. The suspects are Police Constable Paul Mwanga, an officer attached to the Field Force Unit, Police constable, Denis Adii, a Canine handler and Detective Amos Mwanamwolho, all attached to Kisoro Police Station.
 

They are accused of shooting to death Stephen Ntagahorero and injuring Desiderio Munyaneza, Posiano Maniragaba, all residents of Gikoro village in Nyakabande Sub County in Kisoro district. The incident occurred on Tuesday at around 10:00AM in Gikoro village in Rwingwe parish in Nyakabande Sub County.
 
 
The Kisoro District Police Commander, Charles Okotto Mwanga, explains that Adi and Mwanamwolho went to Gikoro village in Rwingwe parish with a sniffer dog to respond to a case of burglary and theft that had been reported early in the day by Gaston Ntamakuriro.
 
 
According to the DPC, unidentified thugs had broken into
Ntamakuriro's bar the previous night and made off with two goats, a coat and a saucepan. He says when the officers arrived at the crime scene the sniffer dog was unable to trace the suspects since residents had tampered with the scene.
 
Okotto says the failure by the officers to trace the suspects angered residents who started pelting them with stones accusing them of incompetence. According to Okotto, the officers opened fire in self-defense to disperse the residents in vain.
 
 
As a result, Constable Mwanga shot dead Ntagahorero and injured Munyaneza and Maniragaba.  Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says they picked up the officers for questioning.
 
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This is not the first time police in Kisoro is implicated in shooting civilians. In April 018, Police-constable Offen Ogondua was arrested for unlawfully 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 on 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.