Police yesterday gave an account on the incident that has been shared widely on social media in which traffic officers were involved in a scuffle with motorists.
The incident was recorded at Buloba traffic check point along Kampala-Mityana road on Sunday at about 5pm.
According police, their traffic enforcement team intercepted a numberless Toyota Mark X after it failed to stop at Bujjuko check point when it was involved in a minor accident with a commuter taxi number UBA 681T.
Spokesperson Fred Enanga says when the driver of the Mark X failed to stop at Bujuko, they alerted their colleagues at Buloba who flagged him to stop and parked aside.
“In a short time, a fleet of Subaru racers who were with the Mark X driver arrived at the check point. They caused a fracas as they tried to rescue their colleague which was not even necessary because it was a minor accident,” he said
“The group of Subaru racers became aggressive towards officers who were attending to the incident at Bujjuko.”
According to Enanga, one of the Subaru drivers number UBD 026C jumped out of his vehicle and started inciting others and attempted to grab a gun from a one PC Tonny Ogwang who was guarding the traffic enforcement team.
During the scuffle, Enanga said that eight bullets were discharged as the drivers attempted to grab a gun.
“It’s fortunate that no death was registered but one of our officers identified as Samuel Mutingirehe was injured by fragments in the stomach,” said Enanga
The Toyota Mark X was driven way but the Subaru forester was abandoned and has been parked at police.
Meanwhile, Enanga warned city car racers who have made it a habit to stage illegal races on Kampala roads including residential areas.
The said drivers are also fond of reckless driving, over speeding and staging stunts in the middle of the roads which obstructs traffic and puts risk to other road users.