The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has spoken out on the clashes between civilians and Police that left six people dead in Kasese district.
Addressing a press conference in Kasese town on Sunday, Kayihura said a team of Police and UPDF officers led by Captain Jacob Opolot, a police commissioner in charge of operations, was attacked by a group of 20 youths with machetes.
The police opened fire in self-defence killing four on the spot.
IGP Kayihura says attackers were members of a militia linked to Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu calling themselves Kirumiramutima.
“You cannot attack me when am doing patrol. The officers are doing their job and you attack them to take their guns?”
He added: “There are elements there (Kasese) who like fighting and you don’t expect us to fold our arms and be shot.”
Kayihura said they are not going to rush to conclusion.
“We are going to make further investigations.”
He is already in the district to engage “these people” and ensure the security of the country is not compromised.
He said in Uganda, there are both legal and illegal guns.
Kayihura says accusing him of ethnicity is insulting him.
“Why do people make these reckless statements?”