CMI Arrests Maj. Alpha Okua Over Shooting Traffic Police Officer Mukebezi
By Uganda Online Media
President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.
“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.
Kampala: The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has arrested Maj Alpha Okua over the shooting of a traffic policeman Robert Mukebezi on Sunday last week.
The UPDF spokesperson Ronald Kakurungu said that Maj Okua has been arrested to help in the investigation of his colleague Cpl Bashir Mango, who is currently on the run after the shooting incident.
A scuffle ensued on Sunday last week when a UPDF vehicle H4DF 1391 knocked a signpost at Kobil petrol station along Kiwatule-Naalya road. Mukebezi who was near the scene intervened and decided to tow the wreckage to Kira Road Police Station.
However, another UPDF pick up vehicle intercepted the car in Ntinda and Maj Okua was the senior officer who came in the pick-up and immediately a disagreement ensued on where the vehicle should be taken which led to the shooting that has since left Mukebezi disabled after his leg was amputated to save his life.
According to reports, two bullets were fired and one of them shattered Mukebezi’s leg since he was sitting in the co-drivers seat.
Kakurungu further noted that Maj Okua was the first to shoot in the air, Kakurungu said Mango was the only person who discharged bullets and later fled adding that Maj Okua picked Constable Mukebezi from the scene, reported a case at Kira Road, and drove him to Mulago hospital.
“He was arrested and he is helping with investigations. There has been bad and wrong information going around. It is Maj Okua who evacuated the wounded officer. He first went to Kira Road police and recorded the statement. He drove Mukebezi to Mulago. He was the most senior officer and he took responsibility,” Kakurungu said.
Cpl Mango’s gun was reportedly recovered dumped in Bukasa village. Asked on whether UPDF is planning to compensate Mukebezi, Kakurungu said the focus is now on ensuring that he recovers fully and the rest will be discussed later.
However, Section 15 of the Police Act talks about retiring officers with physical incapability.