Crime & Investigation

Mityana Riots: Trigger-happy Cops Face Murder Charges

Police chief Okoth Ochola has condemned the violence in Mityana


Two police officers who opened fire at a taxi in Mityana on Sunday face charges of murder and attempted murder, the Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola has revealed.

The protesters were challenging the arrest and alleged torture of Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake in the violent Arua by-election campaigns.

Samuel Ssekiziyivu was traveling in a taxi registration number UBA 869C when cops opened fire on it, killing him instantly.

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He was a resident of Myanzi in Kassanda.

Five other passengers were injured by bullets.

The victims, who were taken Mulago referral Hospital, are Lawrence Jjingo, Jala Nakiryowa, Derrick Ssengooba, Reagan Muwonge and David Asiimwe.

Ssengooba has since been discharged.

Ochola said in a statement on Monday that the “killing of Ssekiziyivu and the injury to the other five is regrettable and unacceptable.”

He said police have so far established that the two cops; Moshi Kefa (No. 36334 and Morris Cheptai (no. 54214) “at the scene discharged their guns and are being investigated on the offence of murder and attempted murder in relationship to the incident.”

Ochola said the cops would be produced in court to answer the charges once investigations are complete.

Police have since arrested 23 suspects in the riots that rocked Mityana on Sunday afternoon.

Property worth millions of shillings was destroyed in the mayhem.

The IGP said the suspects would be “screened, fully investigated and those culpable will be taken to court for prosecution on the offences of inciting violence, threatening violence, unlawful assembly and malicious damage to property.”

Cases of riots have been reported in various parts of the Kampala city over the arrest of opposition-leaning politicians.

Ochola condemned the violence, saying, “it is high time we all learnt to resolve conflicts, if any, amicably and peacefully.”




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