Yesterday Sunday August 19th 2018, the police was confronted with a riotous situation in which a number of goods including merchandise for innocent traders in Mityana town were destroyed.
The rioters interfered with traffic flow, burnt tyres on the road (destroying it immensely) and occasioned harm on innocent citizens. These acts are criminal, unlawful and unnecessary.
Unfortunately, while police was handling these riots, an innocent citizen, Mr. Samuel Ssekiziyivu, a resident of Myanzi, Kassanda District was shot dead. He was travelling in a commuter taxi registration Number UBA 869C in which other five people were also injured.
The injured ones are Mr. Jjingo Lawrence, Ms. Jalia Nakiryowa, Mr. Ssengooba Derrick, Mr. Muwonge Reagan and Mr. Asiimwe David. They received medical attention at Mityana hospital and Mr. Ssengooba Derrick was discharged last evening. The other four have since been referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital for further medical attention.
The killing of Mr. Samuel Ssekiziyivu and the injury to the other five are regrettable and unacceptable. In the same vein, members of the public are reminded to desist from such riots because they are unacceptable, unlawful and criminal.
The Uganda Police Force commiserates with the family of the late Samuel Ssekiziyivu.
We promise to investigate this matter to its logical conclusion. So far we have established that two police officers namely; No. 36334 CPL Kefa Moshi and No. 54214 PC Cheptai Morris at the scene discharged their guns and are being investigated on the offence of murder and attempted murder in relationship to the incident. They will be produced in court to answer the charges once investigations are complete.
From yesterday’s riot in Mityana town, the police arrested 23 suspects. They will be screened, fully investigated and those culpable will be taken to court for prosecution on the offences of inciting violence, threatening violence, unlawful assembly and malicious damage to property. We condemn riots in totality.
We pledge to continue with the core mandate of protecting life and property, preserving law and order as well as detecting and preventing crime.
I would like to caution members of the public to desist from violent confrontations and acts that violate the law. It is high time we all learnt to resolve conflicts, if any, amicably and peacefully.
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY