The police court has taken action against two police officers in separate incidents involving attempted murder.
Detective constable Moses Wabwire, stationed at Kaliro police station, has been removed from the force due to his involvement in a near-fatal attack on his colleague, constable Tyson Kutosi.
The altercation began when Kutosi denied Wabwire access to the station’s only motorcycle. Wabwire escalated the situation by grabbing his firearm and indiscriminately firing shots at individuals within the station.
Fortunately, no police officers were harmed by Wabwire’s random gunfire. The evidence suggests a clear intent to cause harm, leading to Wabwire’s dismissal, as stated by Kaliro detectives.
In another incident, constable Ambrose Katumwene, serving at Kashozi police station in Sheema district, discharged three rounds of ammunition inside the residence of a barmaid identified as Caroline Nakyanzi. Katumwene initially approached Nakyanzi’s home, instructing her to open the door.
When she refused, he resorted to firing three shots at the door. This action strongly implies a murderous motive, according to investigations conducted by the police professional standards unit.
Both Wabwire and Katumwene were apprehended by teams dispatched by their respective district police commanders.
The professional standards unit (PSU) decided to pursue their prosecution in the force’s court. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga clarified that their dismissal from the police force allows them to be tried fully for attempted murder in criminal courts as civilians.
He emphasized a warning to all police officers against using their firearms to resolve disputes with colleagues or civilians.
Recently, AIP David Ekwang faced a similar fate, being dismissed from the force and subsequently prosecuted in a criminal court for fatally shooting his wife, corporal Jennifer Atino.
The couple, both deployed at the Counter-Terrorism Directorate and residing at Jinja Road police station, became entangled in a legal ordeal stemming from allegations of child neglect.