KAMPALA – Kira Road Police Station has rescued a five-year old child, who was about to be cut by the father using a machete over unknown reasons.
According to Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, during the rescue, the officer discharged a bullet to disable the father, Suleiman Male, 28, but it fatally injured him.
The incident happened on October 17,2020 at around 11am at Kyebando, a city suburb.
“It is alleged Male, a resident of Kisaasi and a crafts man, picked his only child Isamu Male, 5, from their home to Kisalosalo kyebando. Upon reaching Kyebando, he forcefully gained access to the house of a friend Ismail Ssesanga while weilding a machete,” Owoyesigyire said in a statement dated October 18.
He said all occupants in Sesanga’s house fled to the nearby police station, where they reported the case.
“The security officers found when Male had locked himself in one room and all peaceful efforts to demand him open the door and release the child failed,” reads an excerpt.
Owoyesigyire further noted that the officers forcefully gained access into the room he had locked himself in.
“It is alleged that Male, who was found holding the child head down with one hand and another hand raised up with a machete ready to cut.
The officers asked him to drop the machete, the order he declined to heed to,” reads the statement in part.
“He went on to swing the weapon which put the life of the child in danger prompting on of the security personnel to shoot him and he dropped the child,” the statement further reads.
He revealed that the suspect died at the scene.
“The child has been taken to police for care as investigations continue.
The suspect’s body has been conveyed to City Mortuary Mulago for a post mortem,” he said.
In accordance to the police standards, Owoyesigyire revealed that they have opened up inquiries into the shooting and the intention of Male.
“Statements from the locals at scene and his relatives have been taken.
More details into the investigations are ongoing and we will brief the public accordingly”