KABALE: Police Officers Arrested for Killing Drunk Man

Two police officers from Nyanja police post in Kabale district are in trouble for fatally shooting a local man.

OC Sergeant John Tumwesigye, 59, and PC James Owomuhangi are detained at Kabale Central police station, accused of shooting Chris Twijomujuni, 35, from Rujogoma village, Burambira parish, Kaharo sub-county, Ndorwa East County, Kabale district.

Relatives of the deceased, Ann Twebaze and Dustan Niwagaba, report that the incident occurred Monday night around 11:00 PM at Nyanja trading centre in Kigarama parish, Maziba Sub County. They say Twijomujuni was in a bar owned by a woman named Claire when the officers, armed with an AK47 rifle, arrived and questioned the group for being out late.

The bar is located in the same building as the Nyanja police post. The officers reportedly ordered everyone to kneel down for arrest, but Twijomujuni’s friends fled, leaving him alone. After asking for forgiveness, Twijomujuni was allowed to leave, but as he exited, Tumwesigye allegedly shot him in the right leg. Twijomujuni was taken to a local clinic and then to Kabale regional referral hospital, where he died from excessive bleeding on Tuesday morning.

Twebaze and Niwagaba condemned the shooting as unnecessary and demanded that the police cover the burial expenses and compensate the family, as Twijomujuni left behind a widow and two children.

However, police spokesperson Elly Maate refuted these claims, stating that the officers were on a night patrol around 03:00 AM and found Twijomujuni and others drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in Claire’s bar. Maate said that when the officers tried to arrest those smoking marijuana, a scuffle ensued, during which Tumwesigye fired shots, injuring Twijomujuni, who later died.

Maate confirmed the arrest of the two officers and additional arrests of three individuals present at the scene. Investigations are ongoing.

At the time of reporting, Twijomujuni’s body was in a police patrol pickup at Kabale police station, with relatives awaiting a response from the police. A police officer, speaking anonymously, mentioned that Hajji Ibrahim Saiga, the Kigezi regional police commander, was in discussions with superiors about funding the funeral.

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