By Ivan Mwine
The Uganda Police have revealed that the assailants who on Monday attacked traffic police officers in Luwero, killing one and leaving another fatally injured were after their guns, with intent to use them for armed robbery.
The revelation was made by the police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga, who said in a statement that the hunt for the attackers is already on.
CP Enanga’s statement about the brutal attack reads in part thus;
“The IGP has strongly condemned the senseless act of violent attack against police officers, manning the traffic checkpoint at Kiwumpa village, Kiwumpa parish, Luwero subcounty in Luwero district.
The preliminary information gathered indicates that at around 12:00Pm, a group of assailants armed with machetes, emerged from both sides of the checkpoint in a coordinated manner, and attacked the two field force officers, who were armed and providing security to 4 traffic other officers, at the checkpoint.
The assailants hacked PC Josephat Twinamatsiko on the head and face. His colleague PC Busingye Ronald was cut at the back. Both their guns were robbed immediately.
The assailants proceeded and set fire, using petrol, on a parked lorry Fuso box body which got a mechanical problem, on the 24.07.2022 at around 3:00Pm and was undergoing repairs. And thereafter, escaped from the scene and jumped into a waiting getaway vehicle, around Kiwumpa Church of Uganda primary school and fled the area.
The IGP has extended his deepest condolences to the family, friends, relatives and workmates of the late PC Busingye Ronald. And further wished a quick recovery to PC Twinamatsiko Josephat, who has been transferred to Kampala from Luwero hospital for better treatment.
The tragic incident is a stark reminder of the hazards police officers face, in their efforts to protect the public and keep citizens safe. We do honor PC Busingye Ronald for his ultimate sacrifice while serving the community in Luwero and the country at large.
At this stage, the motivation of the violent attack and murder is not yet established, although it appears they targeted guns for robbery. The other traffic officers, who were not armed were not attacked.
We want to assure the public that we have reinforced our teams in Luwero to help identify and apprehend the suspects involved in the brutal attack.
You will be updated progressively.”