Police kill two pupils in shooting incident


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Posted  Wednesday, October 30   2013 at  02:00
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Kampala- The police have within 48 hours shot dead two school children and seriously injured three people in separate incidents stringing from the eastern Busia District via the capital to Ntoroko in the west.
The children were reportedly returning from a funeral, and had hitched a ride on one Boda Boda motorcycle when policemen on patrol mistook them for thugs and sprayed them with bullets on Sunday night.
Kevin Tibita, a Primary Four pupil at Luwere Primary School, died on the spot while Phillip Ouma passed on shortly after admission at Busia Health Center IV.
His brother, Joshua Mande, underwent emergency surgery procedure to remove a bullet lodged in his stomach and remains in critical condition. The fourth person in their group ran away and his whereabouts remain unknown.
In Kampala, Inspectorate of Government’s principal investigations officer Robert Kalungi is recuperating from gunshot wounds at Ward 2B in Mulago hospital after one of the police VIPPU officers attached to the office shot him.
Initial accounts suggested Mr Kalungi was shot as he fled after being caught taking Shs40 million bribe to bungle up investigations in alleged impropriety by Mulago Hospital bosses.
At Ward 2B, he writhed in pain with multiple stitches, including to the face. His relatives, as well as Mulago hospital management blocked the Daily Monitor journalists from speaking to him to get his side of the story.
The Inspectorate of Government is investigating the shooting, according to the institution’s spokesperson, Ms Ali Munira, who said a police officer co-opted to enforce the arrest, and not an IGG official, pulled the trigger.
We were unable by press time to establish details of the Mulago corruption case the Ombudsman is inquiring into.
The alleged shooting of the Busia pupils by officers attached to Namayingo Police post drew the ire of local leaders, with Bukhooli South MP Dede Mayende calling for wider inquiries and prosecution of the suspects.
“How can police turn around and start shooting people they are supposed to protect?” he asked in reference to the Force’s motto of “protect and serve”.
The two detained constables face murder charges, according to regional spokesperson Sam Lubega. They are yet to record written statements about the incident, but told colleagues they first fired warning shots and aimed at the victims when they continued riding without headlight.
Kyanyonja village chairperson Patrick Wanyama told this newspaper it was likely the law enforcers mistook the four for armed robbers who have lately been terrorising the area, but condemned the unnecessary loss of life. 
Meanwhile, a Kabarole man accused of poaching in Semliki National Park was shot on Sunday, according to the Ntoroko District police commander, Mr Bosco Bakashaba.
He remains hospitalised for a third day. Investigations were underway, Mr Bakashaba said, to establish the circumstances under which game rangers caught up with and injured the alleged poacher in both legs.
Reported by David Awori, Tabu Butagira, Agatha Ayebazibwe & Ruth Katusabe
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