Police arrests two hawkers on allegations of stabbing KCCA law enforcement officers.
Uganda Police have arrested two hawkers on offences of attempted murder after the stabbing of two Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcement officers in the New Taxi Park in Kampala Capital City.
On Friday, there was a gruesome incident in the new taxi park in Kampala when mask vendors stabbed three KCCA enforcement officers.
The incident happened on Friday afternoon when one vendor dealing in facemasks near the Kampala- Masaka stage in the new taxi park stabbed enforcement officers who had come to arrest him.
“The incident happened at around 12:30 pm when a group of enforcement officers together with a few police officers tried to arrest the vendor. In self defence, he stabbed three of them,” said one eyewitness.
The two officers and their supervisor were returning from resolving a dispute between taxi operators on Masaka and Ssembabule stages when they were attacked by a hawker and his colleagues.
Two hawkers identified by Juma Akankwasa and Charles Nsereko, have since been arrested on allegations of involving themselves in the attempted murder charges.
According to the preliminary information, Isaac Egesa Obuli, a law enforcement officer/ Administrator at New Taxi Park, held a meeting to resolve the dispute on the management of a stage between Masaka and Ssebambule taxi operators.
Mr Egesa with his subordinates in the company of the two wrangling groups went for a fact-finding mission on the ground where the difference was resolved amicably.
As they were returning from the field, they heard one of the law enforcement officers behind crying for help.
They found out that he had been stabbed and was on the ground as the suspect Juma Akankwasa was holding a blood-stained knife.
Law enforcement officers attempted to disarm him but he stabbed John Lubega, another law enforcement officer.
In the process, law enforcers used reasonable force to subdue him and disarmed him.
Another hawker Charles Nsereko wrestled officers in an attempt to block the arrest of Akankwasa though he was too overpowered and arrested.
The two hawkers were arrested on offence of attempted murder and are now being detained at the Central Police Station Kampala.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, the two victims have been admitted at Norvik Hospital on Bombo Road. Mutebi is in the Intensive Care Unit while Lubega is in a stable condition.
Onyango, however, said that further evidence including recordings from witnesses and bloodstained knives from the scene have been withheld to determine more suspects.
“Statements have been recorded from witnesses, blood-stained knives were recovered from the scene and have been exhibited,” Onyango said.
“We condemn attacks on law enforcement officers by errant people. We have increased deployment in the New Park and on the streets to deal with anyone with the intention to take the law in their hands and also ensure that such acts don’t happen again.”