Crime

SECURITY GUARD ARRESTED TRYING TO DISARM POLICE OFFICER

By Ahmed Matovu

KABALAGALA: The police in Kabalagala is investigating circumstances under which Hussein Kakonge, 46, a guard with Security 2000 located in Muyenga, who sought refuge at night at Kabalagala police station, but turned against our officer Police Constable Bamwesigye Junior with the purpose of disarming him of his rifle.

ASP Luke Owoyesigyire the Deputy Police Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan explains that PC Bamwesigye was manning the police counter when he was attacked on Monday at Kabalagala Police station.

Owoyesigyire explains that preliminary information shows that Kakonge introduced himself to officers at Kabalagala Police Station as a guard and he claimed that he was stranded after his bosses evicted him out of the house, and he was looking for a place to spend a night.

”Our officers, under the police mandate of protecting life and property, gave him beddings to rest near the counter, to our surprise, Kakonge woke up at night around 1am and attempted to disarm an officer at the counter,” Owoyesigyire explained.

The deputy police spokesperson asserts that Kakonge started using a helmet to assault PC Bamwesigye and later tried to disarm him of his gun.

”The officer put up resistance until other officers, who were nearby, came and subdued the suspect, and Kakonge was immediately arrested,” he said.

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Owoyesigyire says they did further investigations on the suspect and background, and it has been established that Hussein Kakonge has a military background.

According to the investigations, Kakonge joined the UPDF in 1996 and has previously served the UPDF in various missions in Somalia, fighting against the Lord Resistance Army and others.

After he returned from the Somalia mission, he deserted the UPDF and later joined Security 2000, where he was also fired.

The police are currently working with the UPDF to ascertain more facts on why he deserted and will be informing you on the progress.

”The suspect is detained at Kabalagala Police Division. and we have preferred one count of attempted murder, desertion and attempt to steal a gun against him,” Owoyesigyire said.

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