By Simon Abaho
The Police have Monday briefed the media about their preliminary investigation into the attack of Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu, which occurred over the weekend, in Kibuli, Kampala.
During the weekly police media briefing at the Police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, said there are leads they are following that will help them arrest the attackers, who were trailing the Chief Magistrate using boda-bodas.
Kamasanyu was on Saturday attacked by assailants outside the Green Hill Academy school gate, where she had reportedly gone to pick her daughter’s PLE results.
The goons assaulted her viciously after which they grabbed her bag, mobile phone and other valuables before they fled.
“We are pursuing several leads of CCTV footage from that section and eyewitness accounts to help us identify the suspects,” Enanga said.
He added that; “In the Saturday morning attack, the thugs riding on three motorbikes waylaid the Chief Magistrate as she went to collect PLE results for her kid from the school.”
“By the time the school guards opened the gate, the thugs had already taken off. She was left bleeding from the injuries she sustained. She was later rushed to IHK where is now in the ICU,” Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said.
The judiciary spokesperson, Jameson Karemani, who confirmed the attack, said the attackers could have targeted and trailed the Chief Magistrate before pouncing on her near the school.
However, speaking on Monday, the police spokesperson described the incident as a random attack.
“We believe this was a random incident and not targeted. We have been receiving complaints of attacks in which thugs target women because they are more vulnerable and can’t defend themselves well,” Enanga said.
He noted that such attacks have been reported in areas of Mengo and Kololo where thugs target members of the public walking alone or those doing physical exercises from who they snatch phones and other valuables.
Enanga however said operations have led to the arrest of several suspects to help police in investigations.
“We urge members of the public to be careful while moving out on foot and doing exercises. You should be extra careful of these opportunistic thieves,” Enanga warned.
“Such thugs will look for the best opportunity to attack an individual and therefore you can’t conclude that the security is not enough. These are isolated incidents,” he added.