Police officer arrested for shooting worshippers

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A police officer in Nwoya district is in trouble for firing at worshipers.

Corporal Moses Mureeba is wanted for opening fire at worshipers in Alingiri Community Church in Alingiri Village in Lungulu Sub County on Tuesday evening.

It is alleged that Mureeba, who had been deployed to guard the private farm of Amelio Poggy, stormed Alingiri community Church dressed in a military uniform demanding to lead the sermon while drunk and was turned down.

Denis Atube, the Lungulu Sub county chairperson, says after being turned down, Mureeba left the church and returned shortly with his gun. He reportedly opened fire on the worshipers forcing them to flee for dear life.

According to Atube, the officer was disarmed by a church member and handed over to security for appropriate action. None of the worshippers was injured in the attack. Only three bullets were recovered from Mureeba’s gun.


Investigations into Ntoroko shooting complete

Meanwhile, URN reports that investigations into the killing of two people in Ntoroko district have been completed.

Last month, Erasmus Irumba and Richard Kanyoro Siet all residents of Ntoroko district were killed on allegations of illegal trading in fire arms and ammunition. Gerald Atuhaire, the Ntoroko district Police Commander and Brian Babishanga, the Internal Security Officer were arrested in connection with the incident.

Since then, the two security officers are still in detention at Fort Portal Police Station. Three other security officers involved in the shooting are also under detention.

They include Luke Dhadalamu, the escort to the DPC, Ivan Bakasaba and Saul Irama Balimpa.

Lt. Col Richard Muhangi, the commander 3rd Mountain Battalion based in Ntoroko district is currently also being detained by the army in connection to the incident.

Lydia Tumushabe the Rwenzori regional police spokesperson says that investigations into the shooting have been completed and the file has been sent to the Resident State Attorney in Fort Portal for sanctioning.

Investigations were conducted by a team from the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate- CIID headquarters in Kampala. The investigators visited Ntoroko district and recorded statements from security officers and families of the deceased.

Several security sources Uganda Radio Network reporter spoke to claim that Muhangi, Babishanga and Atuhaire were selling the guns but the deal went wrong, while others allege that the two men were killed to conceal evidence.

Source: URN



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