PC Albert Muhumuza, an officer attached to Police Flying Squad Unit infamous for stalking opposition leader Kizza Besigye is in custody for shooting and injuring a Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] worker.
Muhumuza who is currently detained at Central Police Station [CPS] in Kampala, reportedly shot Henry Kakooza twice in the neck.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says the saga started when Bashir Katongole, a businessman reported to police the theft of his Shs8m TV set accusing his cousin Muzamir Matovu of stealing it.
The TV was reportedly sold Sun Set arcade in down town Kampala to one a one Sowed who when found with the gadget protested and organised goons who stoned police officers.
Muhumuza pulled out his pistol and fired two bullets which hit Kakooza, a KCCA staff in the neck.
Kakooza was taken to Kadic hospital in Bukoto for treatment.
Muhumuza who was later arrested is specially deployed to monitor the movements of Besigye and has come to be known as ‘Besigye’s self-imposed body guard’, according to Daily Monitor.
Muhumuza was part of the notorious thugs that were captured during ‘Operation Wembley’ under Brigadier Eli Kayanja and recruited into police.
Having helped to bring down cells of terrorists and organised criminals, he was retained even when the military unit under police control was renamed due to accusations of abuse of human rights.
Records also say he began as a crime preventer who was later promoted to special constable.
He currently operates under the Kampala Metropolitan Police Criminal Intelligence unit.
Muhumuza was first cited among the group moving behind Besigye in a van after the brutal arrest of the then FDC leader at the Mulago roundabout in April 2011.
At the time the group was under the leadership of Musa Walugembe, who is now deployed at Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) Surveillance and Operations desk, and his assignments were to operate from a distance but close enough to monitor the movements of Dr Besigye.
Ibin Ssenkumbi, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, describes Muhumuza’s roles as close surveillance which is part of the outdoor surveillance operations.
Muhumuza’s recent deployment, that has brought him to the limelight, came at a time when complaints by the public indicated that police were using military personnel and hooligans to brutalise Dr Besigye and hence the order for wearing uniform at times although handling intelligence.
Muhumuza has a duty to monitor the FDC principal while in the Kampala metropolitan areas – Wakiso, Entebbe, Kampala and even Mukono districts. But he does not have to enter the Museveni critic’s home.
Profile by Daily Monitor