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Police Officer Shoots Colleague Dead in Rukiga

Ssali was chasing away a drunkard who was attempting to forcefully gain access to the tally centre. In the process, she allegedly cocked her gun in rapid and accidentally shot her colleagues.

A police officer shot dead her colleague and injured another at a tally centre in Rukiga district while shooting at a drunkard, police have said. 

Police officer No.37372, Hamida Ssali shot dead Felix Ariho, a special police constable (SPC) attached to Rukiga police station last night at 11 pm at Rwamucucu sub-county headquarters. She also shot in the leg and arm, Titus Muhumuza, a crime intelligence staff attached to Rukiga police station.

According to Elly Maate, the police spokesperson for Kigezi region, Ssali had been deployed at the quarter guard with others to restrict entrance in the tally centre at sub-county main hall when she opened fire and shot Ariho multiple times.

According to Maate, Ssali was chasing away a drunkard who was attempting to forcefully gain access to the tally centre. In the process, she allegedly cocked her gun in rapid and accidentally shot her colleagues.

Our reporter who was at the tally centre says that Ssali was chasing away Amon Naturinda alias Rutare, the LC II chairman for Kitojo parish in Rwamucucu sub-county who appeared chanting over the victory of Robert Mbabazi Kakwerere, National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer against the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba. 

Naturinda was forcing himself into the tally centre to taunt and dance in front of Kwarinkunda, arguing that it was time for revenge against Kwarikunda because he had also de-campaigned him that he is not educated to be voted LC II chairman.

Maate says that the victims were rushed to Kabale regional referral hospital but Ariho died upon arrival as a result of over bleeding.  Maate says that the Ssali was briefly detained at Rukiga police station but later today morning transferred to Kabale central police station for further management. He adds that the suspect faces attempted murder charges.

The scene where shooting took place. (Photo by URN)

A police officer who was present during the incident told our reporter that Ssali was also drunk at the time. The case is registered at Rukiga Police station under file number CRB 041/2021.

The incident comes nearly two weeks after Lance Corporal Denis Awillo got gunned down after he went rogue and shot dead two Local Defense Unit (LDU) soldiers, a police officer and a civilian in Nansana municipality in Wakiso district on January 11. 

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