A police constable in Kamwokya’s Mulimira zone in Kampala opened fire, killing one person and injuring another in a bar yesterday.
Police Constable Happy Issa who was on a normal patrol in the area with his colleagues on patrol vehicle registration number UP 2953, discharged a bullet that injured Ogwang Isaac who later succumbed to the injuries at Mulago National Referral Hospital.
Although police’s statement released by Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire indicated that one person was shot, reported eyewitnesses said the errant officer shot another person identified as Okello Jimmy, the deceased’s colleague who was also rushed to a yet to be known clinic.
In his statement at Kira Road after
his arrest, Constable Happy Issa, claimed that he forgot to do the normal
firearm safety precautions when he received a rifle in the morning and the
bullet had remained in chamber and it was discharged accidentally.
However his claims have also been disputed by an eye-witnesses, including Michael Olach, a friend to the two victims who said he was seated with the victims before the incident.
According to Olach, when a patrol vehicle parked in front of Mercy’s bar where they had gathered for a drink as they usually do, one officer ordered them to vacate the premises without explanation before his colleague jumped off the vehicle pointed the gun at them and started shooting. Mr. Olach speaking…….
Mr. Kabuggo Muhammad the defense secretary of Mulimira Zone said the LDUs and police officers often come at the same area to take alcohol and smoke drugs when they are idle but blamed the victims and the bar owner whom he accuses of not respecting to the COVID-19 guidelines that prohibit people from opening and going to the bars. Mr. Kabuggo speaking…….
ASP Luke Owoyesigyire who regretted the deadly shooting said the body of the deceased is at Mulago City Mortuary for post mortem as the investigation into the shooting continue. END