Update: Leg Of Traffic Police Officer Shot By UPDF Soldier Amputated

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 Leg of police Constable Robert Mukebezi, the traffic police officer who was shot on Sunday evening by a UPDF soldier has been amputated.

Mukebezi was shot in Ntinda while trying to tow a Toyota Prado TX military vehicle with registration number H4DF 1391 that had been involved in an accident.

Medics have taken a tough decision to amputate the leg of the traffic officer in order to save his life.

This implies that after the amputation, he could be discharged from his duties as a traffic police officer for health/medical reasons.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigations Directorate working alongside CMI have preferred attempted murder charges against Major Okua.

Last Sunday, Mukebezi was shot by Okua who tried to block police from towing a military vehicle that was involved in an accident in Ntinda, Kampala.

According to sources, Police Constable Mukebezi was seated on the passenger side of a breakdown truck that was towing a military Toyota Prado TX that had knocked a signpost of Kobil at Naalya when they were intercepted by soldiers in a double cabin vehicle with military registration number plates at Ntinda traffic lights at around 6 am. Mukebezi who was shot in the leg was rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital in critical condition.

Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the incident.

“The investigations are ongoing to establish the shooter,” Owoyesigyire said.

UPDF Spokesperson Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu in a statement dated 16th January 2022 also noted that preliminary information indicates that there was a misunderstanding between the traffic officer and the soldier regarding the recovery of a military vehicle that was involved in the accident.

“In the process, unfortunately, the traffic officer was shot and injured in the leg. The officer was rushed to Mulago Hospital and fortunately, he has been stabilized and he is out of danger,” Lt Col Kakurungu said.

” The suspect is still on the run but a search for him is underway and very useful clues leading to his arrest have already been obtained. UPDF and Uganda Police have also launched joint investigations into the unfortunate incident.”

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