Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Police to probe officers who shot at rioters

KAMPALA - Three Police officers who are accused of shooting at rioting traders last week at Kisekka market, will appear before a Police disciplinary committee.

Kampala Extra Police spokesman Simeo Nsubuga yesterday said the regional Police commander, Edward Ochom, had constituted a committee that would look into the matter this week. A team comprising of Ochom, Kampala resident district commissioner, Alice Muwanguzi and other Police officers will probe the incident. “The trio will be charged with disobeying lawful orders,” Nsubuga told journalists at the Central Police Station in Kampala. “The instructions were that no one should shoot until ordered to so do. But these people just released bullets.”

The riot became chaotic when Police officers shot at the traders, who then engaged them in running battles. Five people were injured. The traders were resisting the alleged lease of the market by Kampala City Council to Col. John Mugyenyi. The suspects, whose names could not be established, are held at the station.

Ochom, who disarmed one of the Policemen suspected of having shot, said: “It was wrong for them to shoot.” However, the Police spokesman, Gabriel Tibayungwa, said they would investigate more officers.“Several Policemen fired during the riots,” he told The New Vision by phone yesterday. “We shall issue a report when the team completes its work.” The Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, last week apologised for the excessive force used to quell the riot.

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