On Sunday night, retired Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Dennis Ssebugwawo was sleeping at his residence when unknown assailants struck the backdoor.
Ssebugwawo, a trained officer, quickly jumped from his bed to protect himself and the family. He was late.
The assailants had already accessed his living room.
In an attempt to fight back, Ssebugwawo was chopped into pieces, dying instantly.
His decapitated body lay lifeless in a pool of blood.
Ssebugwawo, a former police intelligence officer with the disbanded Special Branch, was among the four people killed in Bukomansimbi and Lwengo districts as jubilant residents welcomed the New Year.
Former Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi described the deceased as an “accomplished intelligence officer, police administrator and a father in all his approaches.”
Ssenkumbi said Ssebugwawo was among the “most professional police officers I have worked with in my career.”
He added: “Ssebugwawo was an intelligent professional police officer; I attest to that.”
The late retired as a Regional Crime Intelligence Officer of Rwizi region mid 2016, but opted to work without pay for more five months as he was waiting for his replacement.
Ssenkumbi recalled Ssebugwawo telling him he wanted a “proper handover and orientation of his successor.”
Ssenkumbi further said the deceased “had uniquely prepared reasonably for his retirement. We lose a great man.”
Gen Kale Kayihura who visited the affected areas consoled the bereaved families and reassured residents of police’s commitment to arrest the masterminds behind the acts of terror in the region.