The main machete-wielding murder suspect who led the escape from Masaka Magistrate Court in March has been shot and captured in Ntungamo district.
Musa Ggaliwango alias Kaweesi Dauda, who was reportedly armed with a pistol, was shot at 2:00am, according to a brief statement from Police Spokesman, Emillian Kayima.
“This morning at around 2:30am, the other criminal (Musa Ggaliwango) who was terrorizing Masaka whose partner in crime (Mohammed Kiddawalime) was killed by the community in Kalungu, was also shot last night in Ntungamo. The criminal had a pistol with him,” Kayima said.
Ggliwango, who appeared to have been shot in the stomach, according to a picture seen by this website, was rushed to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital for treatment before being charged and committed to court.
“The suspect didn’t die, he is currently at Mbarara referral hospital receiving treatment,” Kayima concluded.
With the help of what Kayima termed “responsible citizens”, police on an early morning of Tuesday at 2:30am captured Ggaliwango who turned violent in the process and wanted to shoot the cops using the pistol he was found with.
“He was shot at in the process as he attempted to shoot officers who were arresting him,” said Kayima.
He was found in Kigarama Village, Kajara County in Ntungamo district. The pistol’s magazine had no bullets, according to police.
Police say they have deployed heavily at the hospital to avoid another incident of escape.
Ggaliwango, Kiddawalime and 7 others on New Year’s Eve hacked to death seven people in Bukomansimbi including a retired police officer SSP Denis Lumala Ssebugwawo.
They were arrested after direct intervention of President Yoweri Museveni who visited the area on January 3 2018 and former Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura.
The duo, capitalizing on security laxity, jumped from Masaka Magistrate Court during daylight and disappeared into the forest on March 1, 2018.
Museveni tasked security to apprehend the suspects in 15 days, according sources to privy to the case.
Police and prisons immediately placed a Shs 20m bounty on the heads of Ggaliwango and Kiddawalime.
Several Masaka Prison officers were arrested and charged for negligence of duty resulting to the escape of high profile suspects.