KAMPALA – Two hawkers have been arrested after allegedly stabbing two Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcement officers, Spokesperson Patrick Onyango has revealed.
The suspects who have been arrested on charges of attempted murder allegedly committed the crime in the New Taxi Park in Kampala Capital City.
The suspects have been identified as Juma Akankwasa and Charles Nsereko where as the victims are Isaac Egesa Obuli and John Lubega.
“The officers have been admitted in Novik hospital one in critical condition and another in serious condition,” Onyango said in a statement.
According to Onyango, Obuli and Lubega plus their supervisor were returning from resolving a dispute between taxi operators on Masaka and Ssembabule stages when they were attacked by Akankwasa and Nsereko.
“…Preliminary information indicates that Egesa held a meeting to resolve dispute on management of a stage between Masaka and Ssebambule taxi operators. Together with his subordinates in company of the two wrangling groups went for a fact-finding mission on the ground where the difference were resolved amicably,” reads an excerpt.
Onyango noted that as they were returning from the field, they heard behind crying for help.
“They found out that he(Egesa) had been stabbed and was on the ground as Akankwasa was holding a blood stained knife,” he narrated.
In an attempt to disarm him, Akankwasa, stabbed Lubega as well.
“In the process, law enforcers used reasonable force to subdue him and disarmed him”
Onyango further revealed that another hawker Nsereko wrestled officers in an attempt to block the arrest of Akankwasa though he was too overpowered and arrested.
The suspects were arrested on offence of attempted murder and are detained at Central Police Station Kampala said Onyango.
‘The two victims are admitted at Novik Hospital on Bombo Road.
Mutebi is in Intensive Care Unit while Lubega is in a stable condition,” he noted.
Adding: “Statements have been recorded from witnesses, blood stained knives was recovered from the scene and have been exhibited.”
Onyango condemned the attacks on law enforcement officers by errant people and revealed that, “We have increased deployment in the New Park and on the streets to deal with anyone with intention to take the law in their hands and also ensure that such acts doesn’t happen again.”