Police have shot dead a 42-year-old man while quelling a protest in Kamuli district. The deceased has been identified as Fred Galimu, a resident of Kanabi village in Bukamba sub-county.
Galimu was hit on Monday afternoon when police opened fire to disperse an angry mob that had stormed the home of Nenkude Murasi, a traditional healer accusing him of cursing their village.
Police intervened after the mob members vandalized Murasi’s property, torched his home and tried to lynch him. The intervention of Police angered the mob members who started pelting the officers with stones that they hand over Murasi to them for lynching.
This prompted the officers to fire live bullets to disperse the mob but one of the bullets landed on Galimu killing him instantly. Amuza Tusubira, one of the residents accuses police of using excessive force to calm down the protest.
“We had lost hope in the police because they always arrest Murasi and release him without pressing any charges on grounds that there is of lack evidence to support our allegations,” he said. Adding that, “We had resolved to excommunicate him from this village, but I think police employed a lot of force, imagine firing over eight rounds in less than 10 minutes.”
Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North Police spokesperson told URN that a team of detectives has already visited the crime scene to piece up evidence. He says the officers acted under pressure because of the chaos at the scene.
He however, said they have decided to use the gun fingerprint technology to identify the gun that released the killer bullet. He says Murasi is being held for safe custody at Kaliro central police station whereas the deceased’s body is at Bumanya health center IV awaiting postmortem.