Crime & Investigation

PHOTOS: Grief as Shot Police Commando is Laid to Rest

Tears were uncontrollable as friends and relatives laid to rest Police Constable Godfrey Wafula who was this Monday gunned down at the Police Special Operations Base at Nalufenya.

Wafula was killed alongside PC Simon Niwamanya while deployed as station guards on routine patrol and surveillance at the Jinja-based detach.

The two in observing the strict security guidelines at the facility had blocked a group of eight officers from entering the barracks at the ordinary hour.

Counter Terrorism commanders and Busia police officers attending the burial ceremony
Counter Terrorism commanders and Busia police officers attending the burial ceremony

However, drugs two members from the group, information pills identified as; PC Felix Chandia and PC Adinani, more about attempted to access the barracks through the fence, and were suspected to be intruders.

According to police spokesperson Andre Kaweesi, “During the process, a set of circumstances, in an attempt to evade arrest, led to a chaotic environment that forced one of the officers to fire control bullets that accidentally shot and killed the two colleagues.”

Chimp Corps say Wafula was Thursday laid to rest at his ancestral home in Buyanda, Buwembe sub-county Busia district.

The IGP Gen Kale Kayihura sent a condolence message with one million shillings.

Wafula's family giving a speech at the function
Wafula’s family giving a speech at the function

Kayihura, who has been in Poland, had his speech read by SP Fredrick Higwira, the Commandant Counter Terrorism Tactical Department.


Among the officers in attendance were RPC SP Kiconco, DPC Busia ASP Nahabwe among others.

Speakers at the burial ceremony praised Wafula as a “hardworking, disciplined and sole bread earner in the family.”

Police have since commenced an investigation into the deadly friendly fire that shocked the nation.

Kaweesi said a team from the police headquarters has been dispatched to “conduct thorough investigations to establish the exact sequence of events, as well as review and update the security precautions at the facility to help guard against such risks of casualties from friendly fire.”

Mourners described Wafula as a good mobiliser
Mourners described Wafula as a good mobiliser

Wafula left behind a wife and three children.

The bereaved family requested the IGP to help them on bringing up the children.

The LC 1 chairman said Wafula usually helped him organize youth from the village up to the district so the community has missed a very important person.

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