Police in Uganda has killed an officer belonging to the national army, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) officer suspected to have been commanding the armed robberies in the Kampala Metropolitan area.
Cpl Kenneth Tindibweba succumbed to bullet wounds he sustained after being shot by police when he tried to resist arrest.
He was shot when the police intercepted him as he returned from Singo military school in Luwero district.
Mr Fred Enanga, the police spokesman, said Tindimweba met his fate when the CIID director instructed Joel Aguma, Crime Intelligence Officer at Kawempe Police Station to investigate the armed robberies that were on the rise in the areas of Kawempe, Nangabo, Kasangati, Wakiso and Mukono.
“Cpl Tindimweba pulled out his gun something that prompted the officers to shot him in the legs. He succumbed to bullets wounds at Mulago Hospital three days later,” he said.
Police recovered an AK47, 688 bullets, 14 phones, three identity cards, 25 phone battery cells and airtime worth Shs400,000.
Among the people suspected to have fallen victims of Tindimweba’s gang include Juliet Nagawa, a mobile money operator who was reportedly robbed of Shs7 million before she was killed and Cpl Saddam Sekawa who was attached to Luwero Police Station.
“We have arrested a boda boda rider who used to transport him during his operations. We are also hunting for another suspect also the deceased’s accomplice,” Mr Enanga said.
He said 16 cases of murder, aggravated robbery and robbery are being investigated. Of these eight cases are in Luwero, six in Nangabo, one in Mukono and the other in Makindye.