KAMPALA- The Police in Kampala Metropolitan area have in detention two hawkers on offences of attempted murder after the stabbing of two Kampala Capital City Authority law enforcement officers.
The incident happened on Friday July 17th 2020 in the New Taxi Park in Kampala Capital City.
Patrick Onyango the KMP Spokesperson says the two law enforcement officers have been admitted to hospital one in critical condition and another in serious condition.
According to Onyango, the two officers and their supervisor were returning from resolving a dispute between taxi operators on Masaka and Ssembabule stages when they were attacked by a hawker and his colleagues.
“Two hawkers, Juma Akankwasa and Charles Nsereko, have since been arrested on attempted murder charges. According to the preliminary information, Isaac Egesa Obuli, a law enforcement officer/ Administrator at New Taxi Park, held a meeting to resolve dispute on management of a stage between Masaka and Ssebambule taxi operators.” Onyango said.
Onyango adds that Mr Egesa with his subordinates in company of the two wrangling groups went for a fact-finding mission on the ground where the difference was resolved amicably.
“As they were returning from the field, they heard one of the law enforcement officers behind crying for help. They found out that he had been stabbed and was on the ground as the suspect Juma Akankwasa was holding a blood stained knife.” he said.
“Law enforcement officers attempted to disarm him but he stabbed John Lubega, another law enforcement officer. In the process, law enforcers used reasonable force to subdue him and disarmed him. Another hawker Charles Nsereko wrestled officers in an attempt to block the arrest of Akankwasa though he was too overpowered and arrested.” Onyango said.
He further confirmed that the two hawkers were arrested on offence of attempted murder and are detained at Central Police Station Kampala and the two victims are admitted at Novik Hospital on Bombo Road. Mutebi is in the Intensive Care Unit while Lubega is in a stable condition.
“Statements have been recorded from witnesses, blood stained knives were recovered from the scene and have been exhibited. We condemn attacks on law enforcement officers by errant people. We have increased deployment in the New Park and on the streets to deal with anyone with intention to take the law in their hands and also ensure that such acts don’t happen again.” Onyago said.
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