Rakai Police Chief Arrested for Shooting Civilian

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In short
A senior police officer in Rakai district has been arrested for allegedly shooting and injuring a construction site manager in Ddwaniro trading centre. The suspect is identified as Anasaleti Arinaitwe, the Officer in Charge of Ddwaniro Police station in Ddwaniro sub county.

A senior police officer in Rakai district has been arrested for allegedly shooting and injuring a construction site manager in Ddwaniro trading centre.

The suspect is identified as Anasaleti Arinaitwe, the Officer in Charge of Ddwaniro Police station in Ddwaniro sub county.

He was arrested on Saturday evening for shooting at Paul Bukenya, a construction site manager in Ddwaniro. It is alleged that Arinaitwe stormed a commercial business site at Ddwaniro and demanded for building permits from Bukenya.

Joseph Kafeero, an eyewitness who was among the construction workers says at this point, they told Arinaitwe that police did not have the mandate to ask for building permits since they are not the planners.

He says this angered Arinaitwe who declared the building illegal and started shooting at them. He says in the process, Arinaitwe shot Bukenya in the stomach injuring him. Bukenya was rushed to Ddwaniro Health Centre III where a bullet was removed last night.

Lameck Kigozi, the greater Masaka police spokesperson says police have arrested Arinaitwe for misuse of the gun. He says the suspect is detained at Rakai police station.

Kigozi says preliminary investigations show that Arinaitwe did not have permission from Rakai Inspection department to enforce the closure of the building site which was already at beam level.

He adds that the suspect will be charged with attempted murder.

Meanwhile Paul Bukenya, the victim is receiving treatment at Ddwaniro Health Centre III where he was admitted.
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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.