Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo has expressed remorse over the killing of Ronald Sebulime, who police admitted recently was shot by its officers while being handcuffed.
Sebulime, who was riding to visit his children at school, was wrongly accused of trailing ICT Minister Aidah Nantaba with intentions to harm her.
The minister, while driving to Kampala on March 24th, rushed to Nagalama Police station where she reported an attempt by someone on a motorbike to assassinate her.
The police responded by chasing after Sebulime, and arresting him.
Police however, days later admitted that upon being arrested and handcuffed, Sebulime was removed from the Police truck and shot dead by one of its officers, now in custody.
In a statement delivered on the floor of parliament yesterday by junior minister Mario Obiga Kania, Odongo said the ministry is now treating this matter as murder and as such have commenced investigations into this case.
The minister says a team of detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been dispatched to handle this matter while a number of statements have been extracted from witnesses.
The officers in custody are Corporal Sali David who is said to have shot Sebulime, and Police Constables Opira Ronald and Bagonza Ronald.
Regarding the alleged assassination attempts on Nantaba, which she has flagged for months, Odongo said in the statement that cabinet has constituted a Sub Committee Chaired by himself, not only to verify these claims but also understand the motives of the would be assassins.
The minister promised to divulge more once investigations make head ways.
“The Minister has undertaken to make this statement because of the concern of members and the public on the matter. We thought we should give a brief on the situation as it is now and right from the beginning I want to assure you that though this statement is short, after further investigations we will be coming back”, Kania said.