Kampala Metropolitan Police is investigating an incident in which Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) enforcement officers were injured in a knife attack that happened Friday afternoon at the New Taxi Park in Kampala.
In a statement by KMP spokesperson SP Patrick Onyango, “Two hawkers have been arrested on offenses of attempted murder after the stabbing of two Kampala Capital City Authority law enforcement officers in the New Taxi Park in Kampala Capital City.”
The two law enforcement officers have been admitted to hospital, one in critical condition and another with serious injuries.
According to Police, the two officers and their supervisors were attacked while on duty in the taxi park under unclear circumstances.
It is said that the officers were not after the hawkers when the group raided them by surprise.
Police have so far arrested two hawkers identified Juma Akankwasa and Charles Nsereko, on attempted murder charges.
Police says that preliminary information indicates that a one Isaac Egesa Obuli, a law enforcement officer/ Administrator at New Taxi Park, held a meeting to resolve disputes on the management of a stage between Masaka and Ssebambule taxi operators.
“Mr Egesa with his subordinates in the company of the two wrangling groups went for a fact-finding mission on the ground where the differences were resolved amicably.
As they were returning from the field, they heard one of the law enforcement officers behind crying for help.”
“They found out that he had been stabbed and was on the ground as the suspect Juma Akankwasa was holding a blood-stained knife. Law enforcement officers attempted to disarm him but he stabbed John Lubega, another law enforcement officer,” police added.
The two victims are admitted at Norvik Hospital on Bombo Road.
“We condemn attacks on law enforcement officers by errant people. We have increased deployment in the New Park and on the streets to deal with anyone with an intention to take the law in their hands and also ensure that such acts don’t happen again,” Onyango said.