By Uganda online media
Kampala: Uganda People’s defence forces (UPDF together with police have launched investigations to establish circumstances under which a soldier is suspected to have shot and injured a traffic police officer in Ntinda, Kampala on Sunday, after being involved in a road accident in the area.
The UDPF Spokesperson Lt. Ronald Kakurungu confirmed the incident saying the suspect is still on the run but the two forces are currently searching for him.
“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,” Kakurungu said in a statement on Sunday.
Kakurungu noted that preliminary information indicates that there was a misunderstanding between the traffic officer, and the soldier regarding 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,” Kakurungu said
Earlier reports indicated that the traffic officer, Police Constable Robert 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 fuel station when they were intercepted by soldiers in a double cabin vehicle with military license plates at Ntinda traffic lights at around 6am.
According to eyewitinesses, the soldiers emerged from a double cabin and first shot in the air before asking the police where they were towing the military vehicle to, and they responded.
One of the soldiers then discharged several bullets on the passenger side of the breakdown injuring Constable Mukebezi in the leg.
The soldiers allegedly dragged the bleeding officer out of the vehicle and dumped him on the ground before ordering the driver of the breakdown to drive the wreckage to Mbuya.
The injured traffic officer was rushed to Mulago Hospital, and according to Kakurungu, he has been stabilized, and is out of danger.